Manhattan Avoids Sweep, Defeats Quinnipiac 11-8


Photo: Jack Spiegel

Conor Armstrong

In the final game of a weekend series, the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team fell to the Manhattan Jaspers 11-8 on Sunday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, CT. 

Sophomore pitcher Matt DeLuca got the starting nod for the Bobcats. He gave his team two solid innings of work, while only allowing one hit and one walk. New Jersey native Kyle Lesler took the ball for the Jaspers and went 4.2 innings, he gave up three runs (one earned), five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. 

Quinnipiac scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Left fielder Andrew McDermott laced an RBI single into center field which chased home Anthony Donofrio. The Bobcats led 1-0 after two innings of play. 

After the Jasper’s scored just one run on Saturday, the offense exploded with five runs in the top half of the fourth inning. Trevor Santos tied the game with an RBI single to right field. Grad student Matt Padre followed up with a three-run home run off left-hander Anthony Ambrosino, which gave the Jaspers a 4-1 lead. Manhattan led 5-1 going to the bottom of the fourth after an RBI single by David Bermudez

At the bottom of the fourth, a controversial call led to the ejection of Quinnipiac Head Coach John Delaney, which gave the Bobcats an energy boost. McDermott drove in his second run of the day with a double, cutting the Jaspers’ lead to 5-2 after four innings. 

Quinnipiac tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-3 game, but Manhattan took a commanding lead, thanks to a six-run sixth inning which included a two-run double by Frankie Marinelli, and a pair of two-run home runs from Bermudez and Alfredo Delgado

The Bobcats crawled back into the game with back-to-back home runs from Danny Melnick and Ian Ostberg in the eighth inning which was followed by two more runs in the ninth, but Jasper’s left-hander John Farley secured the 18th win of the season for Manhattan. 

Quinnipiac will be back in action on Tuesday, May 3, as they travel to Kingston, Rhode Island for a matchup with the Rhode Island Rams. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.