By Mike Radomski
( FAIRFIELD, CT) – The Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team (0-10) came within one out of their first win of the season, but a late comeback from Fairfield Stags (6-4) resulted in a 3-2 Quinnipiac loss.
Quinnipiac starter Mike Oskandy (Bethel, CT) pitched nine solid innings for the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team but Fairfield would score a run in each of the 9th and 10th innings for the win.
The Bobcats got on the scoreboard first when catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, CT) continued his hot hitting against Fairfield starter Gavin McCullough (Stamford, CT). In the second inning, outfielder Brian Monack (Branford, CT) was on base with a leadoff walk and Nisson drove him home with an RBI single to center field. Nisson had three hits in the game and is second only to teammate Ben Farina (Waterford, CT) with a .393 batting average .
With the 1-0 lead, Mike Oskandy would get into some trouble but manage to escape it unscathed. He allowed a leadoff walk in the first inning and a leadoff double in the 3rd inning, only to strand both runners.
Fairfield was able to tie the game in the fourth inning off the Bobcats right-hander on an RBI single from Anthony Hajjar (Brooklyn, NY).
Tied at one, Quinnipiac regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning on a solo home run from outfielder Ben Farina.
With the 2-1 advantage, Mike Oskandy continued to roll along until the bottom of the ninth inning. Carmine DeVito (Plainview, NY) led off the inning with a leadoff walk, was sacrificed over to second, and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs in the inning, Oskandy needed just one more out for the complete game and the first win of the season for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The right-hander was able to induce Chris Horning (Potomac, MD) to hit a ground ball to shortstop, but Mickey Amanti was unable to field the tough hop, enabling DeVito to score the tying run. Oskandy was then able to strikeout Justin Nusblatt (Doylestown, PA) to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth inning, Quinnipiac loaded the bases with two outs, but Stags reliever Mark Bordonaro (Berlin, CT) got Mickey Amanti to hit into a fielder’s choice to strand all three runners, and end the inning.
The Bobcats then turned to reliever Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, NY) in the bottom of the inning, but a leadoff walk to Ryan Furbeck (Oakland, NJ) started another Fairfield rally. The runner moved up to second base on a passed ball and Tucker Nathans doubled home the winning run to clinch the 3-2 Stags win.
The loss marks the first one in the career of Derek Lamacchia. The freshman was unable to record an out in the bottom of the tenth inning after relieving Mike Oskandy. The Bobcats starter had his best outing of the season allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on five hits and five walks. The right-hander also had six strikeouts in the no decision.
The win went to Mark Bordonaro for getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the tenth inning. It marked the third win of the season for the reliever.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats are back in action on Saturday afternoon when the baseball team travels to Fitton Field to play the Holy Cross Crusaders at noon. It will also be the official home opener for Holy Cross.