March 15, 2011

Baseball Falls To Delaware, 9-3

NEWARK, Dela. - The Quinnipiac baseball team lost to the University of Delaware, 9-3, in a non-conference game played a Bob Hannah Stadium in Newark, Dela. Quinnipiac goes to 4-3 on the year while Delaware improves to 7-9 on the season.

Senior Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) was 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI while Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) also collected two hits and scored a run on the afternoon. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) had an RBI and a run scored while Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) also drove in a run. Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) took the loss after allowing seven runs over the first two innings.

The Bobcats' bullpen stopped the bleeding six solid innings in which it held the Blue Hens to two runs - only one earned - on three hits. Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) held Delaware to a run on two hits over three innings pitched while Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) gave up a hit and one unearned run in two innings of work. Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway) appeared in his team-leading third game of the season, pitching a perfect ninth.

Trailing 7-0 heading into the third inning, the Bobcats finally struck for a run in the top of the inning. Guerino and Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) had back-to-back one-out singles before moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. Farina's ground ball to short scored Guerino with Quinnipiac's first run of the afternoon.

In the fifth, Guerino stroked his second hit of the day and moved to second on a passed ball. He was doubled-up when Amanti hit a sharp line drive to second. After Farina singled to left center, he stole second. The hit was Farina's 191st of his career as he continues his quest to become the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to collect 200 hits. After captain Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) walked, Poletsky singled to right field to score Farina with Migani taking the extra base and heading to third. Nisson's single through the right side of the infield scored Migani with Quinnipiac's third run of the game.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Wednesday, March 16 when they head to Lawrenceville, N.J. to take on Rider University in a non-conference match-up at 3 p.m. at Sonny Pittaro Field.