April 6, 2011

Baseball Falls To Dartmouth, 16-8

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost to Dartmouth, 16-8, in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Bobcats senior Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.), who was named March's Athlete of the Month, was 3-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored in the loss. Quinnipiac drops to 12-11 on the season while Dartmouth improves to 13-6.

Amanti continues to swing a hot bat for the Bobcats as he pushed his team-leading hit total to 35 this year. With three more hits in the Bobcats' tilt with Dartmouth, Amanti now has 172 for his, moving him into a tie with Pete Kummerfeldt '08 for 15th all-time and 13th at the Division I level. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored while Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) drove in two runs for the Bobcats. Mike Bartlett (Orange, Conn.) and Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) also drove in runs for the Bobcats.

Dartmouth jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the top of the third inning after tagging Quinnipiac starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) for two runs in the first. Kane took the loss on a staff day to drop to 0-3 on the season. The Big Green then chase Tim O'Sullivan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) in the top of the third when they scored five runs on five hits. Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) was able to put out the fire, holding Dartmouth scoreless for the next 1 1/3 innings.

Quinnipiac jumped on the board in the bottom of the third when Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Ray Buckley (Fairfield, Conn.) led off the inning with a pair of singles. Guerino, who moved to third on Buckley's drive down the right field line, scored when Chris Caldari's ground ball to second was misplayed for an error. Amanti then followed with an RBI double to score Buckley as Caldari moved to third base. Bartlett's ground ball to second scored Caldari before Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) walked to put two runners on. On a throw-down to second base to attempt to retire Migani, Amanti scored before Farina's single to left-center field scored Migani to make the score 7-5.

After Dartmouth tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead, Quinnipiac got one of the runs back when Bartlett scored on a bases-loaded ground out. Dartmouth added a run in the top of the sixth to take a 10-6 lead before Quinnipiac scored in the seventh and eighth innings to pull within two runs, 10-8, heading into the ninth.
The ninth proved to be disastrous for the Bobcats as the Big Green hammered out six runs in their final at-bat to take a deciding 16-8 lead.

Quinnipiac is scheduled to host Monmouth in a four-game, Northeast Conference series between the two first-place teams in the conference standings. While Quinnipiac is scheduled to play the Hawks at Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, the threat of inclement weather could potentially change the series' schedule. Bobcats are urged to refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for up-to-the-minute schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights of their favorite Bobcat teams.