HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost the final game of its four-game Northeast Conference series against Monmouth, 8-2, at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats drop to 13-14 overall and 9-7 in the NEC while Monmouth improves to 16-13 overall and 11-5 in league play.
Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) extended his team-leading hit streak to 16 games with a 2-for-4 day, that included two runs scored, against the Hawks. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.), Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) each drove in runs. Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) took his first loss of the season after giving up seven runs on seven hits over five innings. Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) held Monmouth to a run in one inning of work while Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) held Monmouth scoreless while scattering three hits over three innings pitched.
Monmouth jumped on the board early when Danny Avella sent his fourth home run of the series deep over the center field wall to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead. Quinnipiac plated a run in the bottom half of the inning when Amanti rifled a ground ball to second base for a single and stole second. He scored when Migani singled down the left field line.
Monmouth scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-1 lead, highlighted by two-run single by Jon Guida. Quinnipiac responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) and Amanti both singled to start the inning, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) walked to load the bases. Migani was retired, but Poletsky was able to work the count for a walk and force Guerino home. Nisson's ground ball to short scored Amanti before Farina scored on a wild pitch to pull Quinnipiac within three runs, 7-4. Monmouth scored again in the seventh to push its lead to four runs.
The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, April 12 when they travel to Kingston, R.I. to take on the University of Rhode Island in a non-conference match-up set for 3 p.m. Quinnipiac will then travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. this weekend to face Long Island University in a four-game Northeast Conference series at Keyspan Park.