Baseball Swept By Long Island, 5-1 and 10-9

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University baseball team lost both games of a Northeast Conference doubleheader to Long Island, 5-1 and 10-9, at LIU Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. Quinnipiac lost all four NEC games this weekend to the Blackbirds to drop to 9-11 in the NEC and 13-19 overall. Long Island improves to 20-13 overall and 12-4 in the NEC.

Quinnipiac had a trio of players with four hits apiece in the doubleheader in Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.). Migani was 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored while Nisson was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the second game of the doubleheader. Joe Poletsky's (Riverside, Conn.) sacrifice fly in the first inning of the second game gave the senior All-NEC third baseman 100 career runs-batted-in. Poletsky is now the 14th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100 RBI mark and the 10th player in program history to reach 170 hits, 100 RBI and 30 doubles for his career.

In the first game, Amanti was 2-for-4 with a double while freshman Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) drove in Poletsky with the Bobcats only run. Long Island used a three-run first inning to jump out in front and would not look back. Quinnipiac starter Anthony Cinelli (Wall, N.J.) dropped to 3-2 on the season after yielding five runs on six hits over four innings pitched. Freshman Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) and sophomore Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) pitched scoreless innings in relief. Long Island's Matt McCormick improved to 4-1 after holding Quinnipiac to a run on seven hits over six innings pitched.

The second game of the twin bill featured five lead changes in nine innings of play. Quinnipiac scored three times in the first inning when Farina led off the game with a single to center field before Palmer reached on an error. Migani doubled home Farina and Palmer and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on Poletsky's fly ball to center field.

Long Island responded in the bottom half of the inning with two runs to pull within a run, 3-2, after the first inning of play. Both teams went scoreless through the third before Long Island tagged Quinnipiac starter George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Bobcats took advantage of an error to start the fifth as Nick Cavale (Hartford, Conn.) reached to lead-off the inning. After Cavale was retired on a ground ball by Farina, Amanti drove Farina in with a two-out single to left field before Migani stroked his second double of the day to bring Amanti home as Quinnipiac re-took the lead, 5-4.

A three-run bottom half of the inning by LIU knocked Dummar from the game. The second-year starter gave up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits while striking out seven and walking four over 4 2/3. Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) came on in relief, allowing a run on two hits over 1 1/3. After Long Island took an 8-5 lead through six innings, Quinnipiac started to chip away, as they plated a run in the seventh inning when Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) singled to bring Migani around.

Quinnipiac took a 9-8 lead with a three-run eighth inning. Palmer led off the inning with a single, followed by a single by Amanti. Migani then drove Palmer in with a base hit before Poletsky singled to load the bases. Nisson's ground ball up the middle scored the tying run in Amanti and the go-ahead run in Migani.

In the bottom of the inning, Long Island scored twice on Quinnipiac freshman reliever Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) to retake the lead. Walsh took the loss to drop to 0-2 while Eric Zerff pitched the final two innings to hang on for the win and improve to 3-0 on the season.

Quininpiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 19 when it hosts the University of Hartford in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. at 3 p.m.