March 16, 2011

Baseball Loses To Rider, 7-4

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Rider, 7-4, in a non-conference game at Sonny Pittaro Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. Quinnipiac drops to 4-4 on the season while Rider improves to 7-7 on the year.

Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI as he pushed his career hit-total to 193, leaving him seven hits shy of becoming the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 200-hit mark. Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) drove in two runs.

Quinnipiac got on the board in the first inning when they pushed across three runs. Amanti singled to start the game and then advanced to second base on a failed pick-off attempt by Rider starting pitcher Jeff Giordano. After Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) singled to move Amanti to third, Farina's groundball scored Amanti with the game's first run. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) singled to move runners to the corners before Poletsky's two-run double scored Bartlett and Migani to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

Rider answered the bottom half of the inning, as Brandon Cotton scored on a single by A.J. Albee. Amanti scored his second run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. After he reached on a single, Bartlett was hit by a pitch before Farina singled to load the bases. Migani's fly ball to left field was deep enough to score Amanti and give Quinnipiac a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Nick Crescenzo reached on a fielding error and then moved to third on a single by Ken Kremer. Crescenzo scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Wayman. After John Ralston singled and went to second on a wild pitch, Cotton grounded out to Migani at second as Kremer plated an unearned run to pull Rider within a run, 4-3, heading into the seventh.

Rider tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Wayman doubled down the left field line and then scored on a RBI single by Ralston as they pulled even with the Bobcats, 4-4.

Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) came on in relief of Quinnipiac starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.). Kane turned in a solid effort, scattering eight hits over seven innings pitched while allowing four runs, only two of which were earned.

In the bottom of the eighth, Walsh struck out pinch hitter Ian Lindsay, but a dropped third strike allowed Lindsay to reach, while another run crossed the plate to give Rider a 5-4 lead. Jerry Muldering's pinch-hit single up the middle drove in two runs to give Rider a 7-4 lead.

Rider's Tyler Smith came on to strike out the side in the 9th inning for his third save of the year.

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend with its Northeast Conference season-opening series against Fairleigh Dickinson. Originally scheduled to be played on FDU's campus, the two-day, four-game set will instead will be played at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J. The Bobcats will play a 9-inning and 7-inning doubleheader on Friday, March 18 at 12 p.m. and a 7-inning and 9-inning doubleheader on Sunday, March 20, also at 12 p.m.

Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for and schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highights.