March 21, 2009

Baseball's Chris Gloor Strikes Out 13 In 7-3 Win Against Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) went the distance for Quinnipiac for his first complete of the season while striking out a career-best 13 Holy Cross batters as the Bobcats defeated the Crusaders, 7-3, at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. Quinnipiac improves to 3-10 on the season while Holy Cross drops to 4-12 on the year.

Holy Cross put the first run of the game on the board in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jack Larendeau was walked by Gloor. Gloor then gave up a double to John Sills that carried over left fielder Ben Farina's (Waterford, Conn.) head to score Larendeau with the game's first run. Gloor was able to settle in and strike out the final two batters he faced in the inning.

The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning when Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jeff Carino (Greenwich, Conn.) then hit a bloop single to left field to move Doyle to second. Doyle advanced to third when Holy Cross starter Dan Siep's throw to the bag was off line. Mike Marmo (Brookville, N.Y.) then hit a line drive over the head of the Crusader's centerfield to score both runners and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead. Marmo moved to third on a fly ball to right field and scored on a ground ball by Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) to take a 3-1 lead.

After the first inning, Gloor cruised through to the third inning, retiring eight straight batters before Sills walked to snap the run. Sills broke for second on a 2-and-1 pitch and was picked off by Gloor. Sills was the only runner to reach base, following the Crusaders' one-run first, before Matt Perry lined a lead-off single to left-center field in the top of the fifth. Billy Cupelo then walked to put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt by Holy Cross for the first out moved runners into scoring position, Gloor struck out Brendan McCrae and got Larendeau to pop up to center field to end the Crusaders' threat.­­­

In the 6th, Gloor struck out Sills to start the inning before walking Eric Oxford, who advanced to second base on a failed pick-off move. After Gloor struck out Chris Ciardiello before he walked Jake Gorman to put runners on first and second. Matt Perry then delivered with a drive to deep left field, scoring Oxford and Gorman to tie the game at 3-3. Gloor then walked Cupelo to put two runners on base, with two outs. Gloor then struck out Bleiler to end the inning.

Holy Cross starter Dan Seip was lifted from the game in favor of Chris Blanchard after retiring Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) to start the inning. Seip allowed three runs on two hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out eight and walking four.

With one out in the seventh, Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) reached base on a fielding error by Holy Cross' third baseman before advancing to second base on the play. Anes Koummal (Stamford, Conn.) then turned on 1-and-0 offering from Blanchard, driving the ball to deep left field for his first homerun of the season to give the Bobcats a 5-3 lead. Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) followed Koummal's homer with a line drive to right field for an one-out single. Doyle then lined out to Blanchard, who was able to spin and throw Monack out at first base to end the inning.

The Bobcats would score another run in the 8th when Carino scored from second base on a single to center field by Joe Poletsky. Amanti then turned on a pitch from Blanchard, driving the pitch through the left side of the infield to score Poletsky and increase Quinnipiac's lead to 7-3. Blanchard was then pulled from the game in favor of Derek Klinka.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, March 22 when they host College of the Holy Cross in their home opener at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats then head to West Point, N.Y. on Tuesday, March 24 to face Army at 3 p.m. before hosting Binghamton University on Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m. and University of Vermont in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 28 at 12 p.m. The Bobcats close out the week on Sunday, March 29 when they host University of Hartford at 12 p.m.