Mountaineers rally to sweep DH at Quinnipiac

By Mike Radomski

( HAMDEN, CT) – On a cold and brisk day, the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers (6-12) rallied against the Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-14) baseball team to sweep both games of a doubleheader 5-2, and 8-3.

In game one, Josh Winter hit a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Bobcat starter Tony Cinelli (Wall, NJ), and the Mountaineers would add another three runs in extra innings for the win.

The second game belonged to Mount Saint Mary’s as well. Early on, the Mountaineers scored the first eight runs of the game and closed the door late to win both games on Saturday.

The afternoon started with Tony Cinelli and Brady Feigl (Severn, MD) on the mound in the midst of a pitcher’s duel. Feigl worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning but struggled even more in the fifth inning.

Quinnipiac catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, CT) and shortstop Mickey Amanti (Waterford, CT) led off the inning with back to back singles and both runners came around to score on a Chris Migani (Orange, CT) base-hit up the middle.

Both pitchers were then able to keep the opposition scoreless in the sixth inning and Tony Cinelli looked to close out the game in the seventh inning with a 2-0 edge.

Entering with a low pitch count in the 60s, the right-hander allowed a one-out single to the reigning NEC player of the year Shane Eyler (Taneytown, MD). First baseman Josh Winter (Timonium, MD) then stepped up to the plate as the tying run and crushed a 2-run home run to right-center field. The home run from Winter tied up the game at two and knocked Cinelli out of the game.

“Cinelli is a battler and has been for two years,” said Quinnipiac Coach Dan Gooley. “He got 2 strikes on Winter and tried to throw a pitch down and in, that just got up in his shoulders.”

The sophomore  pitched 6 1/3 innings in the no-decision, allowing those two runs on a total of seven hits. Pitcher Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, NY) entered and was able to finish the inning for Quinnipiac.

Outfeilder/pitcher Matt Matta (Woodbridge, CT) continued to throw for the Mount in the 7th inning after getting out of a jam in the 6th. The side-winding righty threw 3 1/3 straight scoreless innings to silence the Bobcat bats.

In the 9th inning, the Mount Saint Mary’s offense started to click against the Quinnipiac relievers. Josh Winter struck again with an RBI single to take the team’s first lead of the game 3-2. Andrew Rinaldi (East Rockaway, NY) then came in for the Bobcats but couldn’t get out of the inning. Michael Foster (Easton, MD) and Matt Matta also were able to add on RBI singles to increase the lead to three.

Ahead 5-2, Matta stayed in for the Mountaineers on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning. The pitcher was able to retire the side in order and clinch the come from behind win for the Mount.

Lamacchia took the loss for Quinnipiac after throwing two innings on relief. In his third loss of the season, the right-hander allowed three runs (all earned) on the afternoon.

Mike Matta was credited with his first win of the season for his stellar relief appearance. The pitcher now finds himself with a 1-1 record.

After a half hour intermission, both teams stepped back on to the green grass at the Quinnipiac Bobcats Baseball Field to resume the NEC doubleheader.

Game two would be a different story compared to the first game. Where the Bobcats led most of the way in game one, the Mountaineers were able to came from behind for the win.

This time, it was The Mount who came out swinging and scoring early, while also holding down the Bobcats offense.

Kyle Birdsall (Orange, CT) started for the Quinnipiac Bobcats but only managed to throw 2 1/3 innings. Left fielder Kyle Kane (Boonsboro, MD) put the Mountaineers ahead with an RBI single in the 1st inning and then helped Mount Saint Mary’s extend the lead in the second.

“Birdsall was okay,” said Dan Gooley. “He wasn’t himself when he pitched last week against Holy Cross and they made some good contact against him [today].”

Michael Foster added an RBI double and Tommy Flynn chipped in an RBI single, but it was Kane’s run-producing single that handed the Mountaineers a 5-0 lead.

Foster also tacked on another RBI single in the fourth inning to make the score 6-0 and bring Birdsall’s afternoon to a close. The junior right-hander pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits.

Alex Russow (Milford, CT) then came in for Quinnipiac and was able to end the inning for the Bobcats. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, Russow would also run into a jam as the Mountaineers added two more runs in the fifth inning to pull ahead 8-0.

Throughout all of this, Mount Saint Mary’s starter Vincent Molesky (Montoursville, PA) was able to keep Quinnipiac scoreless. The freshman right-hander worked his way into and out of trouble early on, and his lone blemish was a three run inning for Quinnipiac in the bottom of the fifth.

Center fielder Brian Monack (Branford, CT) crushed a 2-run triple and third baseman Joe Poletzky (Riverside, CT) followed with an RBI single.

With the score 8-3, The Mount kept Quinnipiac scoreless the rest of the way to complete the sweep. Mount Saint Mary’s improves to 6-12 on the season and 2-1 in Northeast Conference play. Quinnipiac’s record now stands at 1-14 with a 1-2 record in the NEC.

The win marks the third in the collegiate career of Vincent Molesky. The freshman did walk six batters and allow six hits, but the righty was able to hold the Bobcats to just three runs. Kyle Birdsall takes the loss for Quinnipiac and falls to 0-2 on the season.

Both teams will meet again tomorrow at the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball field in Hamden, Connecticut to complete the four-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 o’clock on Sinatra Sunday.

“We need to make sure Sinatra Sunday starts and finishes,” added Coach Gooley. “We have to turn around and play good a lot, in a lot of different areas.”

The broadcast of the game can be heard on the Bobcat Sports Network presented by WQAQ beginning five minutes prior to first pitch.

Mountaineers rally to sweep DH at Quinnipiac

WQAQ Athlete of the Week: Katie Latonick

By Marc Schwartz

This week’s WQAQ athlete of the week honors belong to senior forward Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.), the captain of Quinnipiac’s women’s lacrosse team.

Latonick led the Bobcats to a 2-1 week, including back-to-back dominant performances against NEC rival Central Connecticut State University and Iona University. The 2-1 week for Quinnipiac improved the Bobcats record to 3-4 overall on the year, and 2-0 in conference play.

Latonick had a huge week, proving why she is the captain of this team. Latonick scored 8 goals, along with having 11 assists, which gave her a total of 19 points on the week.  This included her huge 4 goal, 4 assist game against CCSU this past Sunday; a game which the Bobcats won convincingly 20-4.

On the year, Latonick leads the team in assists (17), is fourth on the team in goals (11), and leads the team in overall points (28).

The Bobcats will look to improve their overall and conference record when they take on the Long Island University Blackbirds in Brooklyn, N.Y. this Friday.

Stags storm back late to top Bobcats in extra innings 3-2

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.

WQAQ Athlete of the Week: Justin Rutty

By Marc Schwartz

WQAQ  Athlete of the Week: Justin Rutty

This week’s athlete of the week honors belong to none other than Justin Rutty.

The junior from Newburgh, N.Y. continued to lead the Bobcats men’s basketball team this past week as they wrapped up their historical season by advancing to the NEC Championship game  and playing in their first ever NIT game against Virginia Tech.

In the NEC tournament, Rutty averaged 16.0 points and 13 rebounds per game, including a monster game in the semi-finals against Long Island University.  He scored 22 points to go along with 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in an 83-78 win over the Blackbirds.

The junior forward continued is outstanding play, tallying 22 points and 7 rebounds on 10-13 shooting against Virginia Tech in Quinnipiac’s first every NIT game; a game the Bobcats lost 81-61.

Thanks to his great overall season, Rutty has earned All-NABC District 18 First Team, All-ECAC Division I Third Team, and All-Northeast Conference First Team honors to go along with being awarded the Northeast Conference Player of the Year award.

Rutty finished his outstanding junior season with averaging 15.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game for the year.

Quinnipiac falls short in 5-0 finale at Duke

By Mike Radomski

(CARY, NC) – Chase Bebout (Lake Worth, FL) pitched five scoreless innings and Jeremy Gould (Bellaire, TX)provided the offense with a 3-run home run as the Duke Blue Devils (9-3) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-5) baseball team 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

In the bottom of the first inning, outfielder Jeremy Gould hit a 3-run home run off of Quinnipiac starter Kyle Birdsall (Orange, CT) and set the tone for the rest of the game.

With a 3-0 lead, Bebout began the afternoon by retiring fourteen of the first sixteen batters he faced.  The pitcher threw five scoreless innings for the Blue Devils, allowing just four hits while striking out six more.

Outfielder Mike Carroll (Granger, IN) tacked on another run with a single in the bottom of the fourth inning putting Duke ahead 4-0.

The score would stay that way into the top of the sixth inning where the Blue Devils turned to reliever Chris Manno (Brooklyn, NY) to maintain the lead.

Manno would pitch the last four innings of the game while not yielding a single run. The left-hander was provided an insurance run in the 7th inning on a sacrifice fly from Will Piwnica-Worms (St. Louis, MO) to increase the lead to five and Manno would continue to pitch well down the stretch, earning his first save of the season.

Infielder Joe Poletsky (Riverside, CT) went 2 for 3 with a walk in the loss and Bobcat catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, CT) also picked up two hits for Quinnipiac.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will continue to look for their first win of the season when the team travels to Richmond, Va. to play Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for three o’clock at The Diamond.

The box score for today’s game can be seen at this link, courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics:

Guerino goes 4-for-4 as Bobcats lose 4th straight game

By Mike Radomski

(CARY, NC) – Gabe Guerino (Milford, CT) went a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate, but it wasn’t enough for the Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-4) baseball team in a 10-3 loss at Duke (8-3) on Monday afternoon.

Freshman pitcher Devin Burke (Darien, CT) pitched five innings for the Duke Blue Devils and shortstop Jake Lemmerman (Newport Beach, CA) added an 8th inning grand slam to seal the deal on another Duke win.

Quinnipiac would score first off of Burke when Gabe Guerino reached on a single and scored later in the inning on a Ray Buckley (Fairfield,CT) sacrifice fly. With a 1-0 lead, Bobcat starter Tony Cinelli (Wall, NJ) was looking for his second scoreless inning of work but ran into trouble against the Blue Devil offense.

Duke outfielder Gabriel Saade (Miami, FL) hit a three run triple and then scored on an RBI double from catcher Ryan McCurdy (Tampa, FL) to conclude a four run inning.

Quinnipiac closed the deficit in the fourth inning with a Chris Migani (Orange, CT) sacrifice fly and a Ryan Ullrich RBI single (Woodbridge, CT). Ullrich then moved up to third base on a wild pitch from Burke, but the right-hander was able to retire Ben Farina (Waterford, CT) to end the threat. Burke would leave with the Blue Devils ahead 4-3. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits.

On the other side, Cinelli continued to hold down Duke. Trailing 4-3, he kept the Blue Devils scoreless over the next two frames until his last inning of work.

In the sixth, a Bobcats error would score another Duke run and put the Blue Devils on top 5-3. It was one of four errors committed by the Bobcats on the day.

Cinelli finished after those 6 innings yielding 5 runs (3 earned) in the game before turning it over to the bullpen.

With both starters out, Duke reliever Ben Grisz (Dallas, TX) found himself battling with Bobcat pitcher Spencer Kane (Wolcott, CT) to preserve the 5-3 lead.

Both relievers did their job over the next few frames as the score stayed the same way until the bottom of the eighth inning. That was when the Blue Devils would score five unearned runs off of Spencer Kane and the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Following a leadoff walk and an error from Bobcat outfielder Ryan Ullrich, Kane retired Mike Carroll (Granger, IN) on an infield fly pop up and then picked up another out on a Dennis O’Grady (Floral Park, NY) fielder’s choice. With two outs, Kane needed one more to get out of the inning but Joe Pedevillano (Poughkeepsie, NY) added an RBI single to provide an insurance run for Duke. After a hit batsman, shortstop Jake Lemmerman came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with his second career grand slam. The home run put the game out of reach as Grisz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the 10-3 win.

Grisz pitched the last four innings of the game, only allowing four hits and not a single run. With the effort, the sophomore right-hander was able to earn his first save of the season.

Both teams will meet again Tuesday at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC. That game will conclude the second of two meetings between Duke and Quinnipiac this season. First pitch is scheduled for three o’clock.

The box score of today’s game can be seen courtesy of Duke Athletics at the following link:

NC State completes sweep of Bobcats 17-7

By Mike Radomski

(RALEIGH, NC) – The NC State Wolfpack (10-1) finished a weekend sweep of the Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-3) baseball team on Sunday, winning 17-7 at Doak Field.

Cousins Dallas Poulk (Fayetteville, NC) and Drew Poulk (Morehead City, NC) led the effort for the Wolfpack with a combined six hits and seven runs batted in for NC State’s fourth win in a row.

The Bobcats were led by senior Brian Monack (Branford, CT) who started the game on the mound and finished as the designated hitter. Monack went 2 for 4 at the plate including a run, but only lasted four innings on the mound. The left-hander surrendered 8 runs(all earned) on eight hits in his first ever career pitching start.

Quinnipiac trailed 7-0 after three innings but a quick turnaround at the plate rallied the Bobcats right back into the thick of things. In the fourth inning, shortstop Mickey Amanti (Waterford, CT)singled home a run on an RBI single. Amanti would go 3 for 5 in the game. Later on in the inning, outfielder Ben Farina (Waterford, CT) scored two more on a base-hit, and then scored himself on a wild pitch. When all was said and done, the Bobcats found themselves down 7-4.

The Wolfpack would then score the next ten runs of the game against the Quinnipiac pitching staff to go ahead 17-4. The Bobcats would add three runs in the top of the ninth inning before reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (Miami, FL)struck out Ray Buckley (Fairfield, CT) to end the game and comlete the sweep.

Quinnipiac is back in action tomorrow whenthe Bobcats travel to play the Duke Blue Devils at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC. Game time is set for three o’clock.

For a box score of today’s game, fans can click the link below, courtesy of NC State athletics: