By Mike Radomski
(HANOVER, NH)- Brian Monack hit two home runs for the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team yesterday, but it wasn’t enough as he also yielded a walkoff double to David Turnbull and the Dartmouth Big Green in a 7-6 loss Wednesday afternoon.
Quinnipiac held an early 6-2 lead with the home runs from Brian Monack, but the team was unable to secure the lead in the late innings.
Brian Monack started the scoring for Quinnipiac in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Dartmouth starter Michael Johnson.
The Bobcats then looked for a shutdown inning with George Dummar III on the mound, but the Big Green were able to storm right back to tie the game.
Junior Jeff Onstott came up with two runners on base, and laced a double to left field. Both runners came around to score as Dartmouth and Quinnipiac were now tied up at two.
The score wouldn’t stay like that for long as the Quinnipiac offense rallied right back against Johnson. This time, shortstop Mickey Amanti connected off the freshman lefthander for a two-run home run and regaining the lead for the Bobcats.
In the third inning, Brian Monack belted his second home run of the game, this time a solo home run to lead off the inning. Two batters later, catcher Kyle Nisson tripled home an additional run as Quinnipiac pulled ahead 6-2.
Michael Johnson would calm down over the next two innings, but was only able to throw five innings total. He allowed six runs (all earned) on ten hits and left the game in position for the loss.
On the other side, Dummar was rolling along for Quinnipiac. The freshman calmed down after a difficult first inning to keep the Dartmouth quiet.
The right hander was excelling until the sixth inning when the Big Green mounted a comeback. Trailing 6-2, outfielder Jim Wren walked to start the inning and infielder Zack Bellenger then reached on a dropped fly ball by second baseman Chris Migani. Dartmouth scored two runs on sacrifice flies, and then catcher Chris O’Dowd tied the game on a two-run home run to left field.
Dummar pitched 6 2/3 innings for the no-decision, allowing 6 runs (2 earned) on the afternoon. Reliever Tim O’Sullivan entered for Dummar in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless frame before being lifted for Quinnipiac outfielder Brian Monack.
The left-handed senior stranded a runner on second base in the 8th inning and stayed on the mound for the 9th inning as well.
With one out, Monack walked Jeff Onstott but David Turnbull came up and hit a game-winning walk-off double to left field, scoring Onstott and providing Dartmouth with a come-from-behind 7-6 win against Quinnipiac.
The comeback was made possible with four shutout innings from the Dartmouth bullpen. After Johnson exited the game, junior Dan Ternowchek entered to throw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. The righty struck out three Quinnipiac hitters without allowing a run or a hit. Following Ternowchek, sophomore Cole Susler came in and did the same, pitching 2 1/3 innings only allowing one hit and also striking out three batters.
Combined, the two relievers held Quinnipiac scoreless for the final four innings and giving the offense enough time to come back for the win.
Freshman catcher Chris O’Dowd reached base three times in the game, going 1 for 2 with a home run, two RBIs, and two walks. Second baseman Jeff Onstott also chipped in going 2 for 4 with two runs batted in.
Brian Monack led the Bobcats going 2 for 3 with two home runs and three RBIs, but he also took the loss as well. Monack only pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing the walk-off double to David Turnbull. The loss is the third one of the season for the Quinnipiac pitcher.
Dartmouth improves to .500 with the win and the team’s record now stands at an even 10-10. The Big Green will continue its season high ten game homestand with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend. On Saturday, the Dartmouth will host Columbia for two games followed by a doubleheader against Penn on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon on both days.
With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 3-19 on the season but will look to improve this weekend with a home and home series against Fairfield. The Stags will visit Quinnipiac for a one o’clock game on Saturday and the Bobcats will return the favor by visiting Fairfield for a one o’clock game on Sunday as well.