SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University baseball team ran its win streak to 15 games with a 3-2 victory over Quinnipiac in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Conaty Park.
The Bulldogs (20-9-1, 9-0 NEC) now own a 12-1 advantage over the Bobcats (10-17, 5-8) in the all-time series.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the seventh inning, the Bulldogs got a fortuitous bounce. Sophomore Daniel St. George (Shelton, Conn.) hit a pinch-hit double inside the bag at third but was still there with two outs. Freshman AJ Zarozny (Shrewsbury, Mass.) then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending fly ball to center but the ball was dropped, allowing St. George to score and break the deadlock.
Quinnipiac was not flustered by the misplay and immediately mounted a comeback in the top of the eighth. A pair of walks put two runners on with one out and brought out sophomore reliever Trevor Lacosse (Watervliet, N.Y.). The left-hander did his job, striking out Ryan Nelson with a breaking ball on the inside corner, and then got Forrest Dwyer looking at a fastball on the inside corner to end the threat. Senior Salvatore Lisanti (Bronx, N.Y.) picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
Bryant got off to a fast start against Quinnipiac ace Derek Lamacchia, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore Jordan Mountford (Guelph, Ont.) walked to leadoff the game and Zarozny followed with a triple to right-center to make it 1-0. Senior Kevin Brown (Northborough, Mass.) then made it 2-0 with a sac fly to center.
Lamacchia settled down, however, and the Bobcat bats were finally able to break through against Kelich in the third. A walk and a bloop single to right started the inning, and Mike Palladino moved both runners into scoring position with a sac bunt. Kelich struck out the next batter but Chris Migani ripped a two-out, two-run single to center to tie the game at 2-2.
Kelich and Lamacchia both settled down, matching zeroes over the next several innings. Kelich induced an inning-ending double play in the fifth and then closed his outing with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four to earn his fifth win of the year. Lamacchia went seven innings as well, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits but he did not strike out a batter.
Offensively, six different Bulldogs contributed a hit. Sophomore Carl Anderson (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior Dan Muscatello (Hopkinton, Mass.) each extended their hitting streaks with singles and Mountford scored a run for the 16th-straight games.