HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac junior Kyle Birdsall (Milford, Conn.) threw a seven-inning no-hitter, the first in program history, as the Quinnipiac baseball team defeated Monmouth, 6-0, in the first game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader at the Quinnipiac baseball field in Hamden, Conn. Monmouth bounced back to win the second game, 8-2. Quinnipiac is now 13-13 overall and 9-6 in NEC play while Monmouth is 15-15 overall and 10-5 in league action.
Birdsall was masterful as he struck out a career-best 12 Monmouth batters for the afternoon. In his sixth start of the season, Birdsall went the distance for just the second time this year. The right-handed pitcher was perfect through 5 2/3 innings before he walked Josh Boyd and hit Anthony Lawrence with a pitch to put two runners on base before he got Jake Gronsky to end the inning.
Birdsall had two close calls in the game. In the second inning, with two outs, Ed Martin hit a shallow fly ball to center field. Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) took off towards the infield and made a shoe-string catch to end the inning. In the fifth, Nick Pulsonetti hit a chopper back to the mound that Birdsall short-armed and threw in the dirt. First baseman Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) made the stretch and picked the ball out of the dirt to retire the batter.
For the day, Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) ran his team-best hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of hits in each game of the doubleheader. Farina was 3-for-6 for the day, including a 2-for-2 showing in the first game, while he also scored three runs. Mike Bartlett (Milford, Conn.) had three hits for the day and also drove in a run in each game. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) added a two-run home run in the first game.
For Monmouth, Dan Smith picked up his first win of the season after holding Quinnipiac to two runs on nine hits over seven innings in the second game. Danny Avella homered for the third time in the series as he drove in two runs in the second game. Chris Perret, seeing his first action of the series in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, had a bases clearing hit to score three runs. Ed Martin and Ryan Terry also added two hits in the nightcap.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 will be Katie Vashon Day at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field. Her father, Jim Vashon, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch while Katie's sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for the Katie Vashon Endowment at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. The money raised allows for two children suffering from chronic illnesses and their families to spend one week each summer at this camp which was held close to Katie's heart. Katie Vashon was a senior from Hermon, Maine who worked in the Quinnipiac University Sports Information Department for four years before she suddenly passed away after a brief battle with leukemia in 2005. Katie was majoring in public relations and belonged to the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority as well as the School of Communications honorary society Lambda Pi Eta.