April 24, 2009

Baseball Blanks FDU, 1-0, Behind Monack's Homerun

TEANECK, N.J. – Quinnipiac junior Brian Monack (Branford, Conn.) broke a scoreless tie with his fourth homerun of the season as Quinnipiac held on for a 1-0 win against Fairleigh Dickinson in a Northeast Conference tilt in Teaneck, N.J. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 11-24 overall and 4-9 in the Northeast Conference while FDU drops to 9-23 and 4-9 in conference play.

Monack's homerun, which put him in a tie for the team lead, came with two outs in the top of the 6th inning. Senior Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) singled to extend his team-leading hitting streak to eight games. Junior Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) led Quinnipiac with a pair of hits, for his third multiple-hit outing in his last four games played.

Quinnipiac's starting pitcher, senior Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.), found himself in a pitching duel with Fairleigh Dickinson's Michael Strachman. Gloor held the Knights scoreless through seven innings, scattering seven hits while walking two and striking out nine – his second highest strikeout total this season against a NEC team after sitting down 11 against Mount St. Mary's on April 4. Strachman lasted 7 2/3, allowing one run on five hits while striking out six.

Gloor improves to 5-3 on the season, while increasing his NEC-leading strikeout total to 67. The wins are an all-time personal best for Gloor, while his strikeout total leaves him one shy of his career-best 68 strikeouts in 2007 as a sophomore. Gloor also moves into third place all-time at Quinnipiac with 224 strikeouts.

After a single by FDU's Zachary Sand in the 1st inning, Gloor retired the next 11 batters he faced before Sand singled up the middle in the fourth inning. The big southpaw then struck out Mark Morton and Matt Mayer to end the inning. In the 5th inning, the Knights threatened again when Brian Dillon walked to lead off the inning. Gloor struck out Tristian Keyser before Dillon stole second and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Gloor. Gloor got Vincent Pennachio to strike out, followed by a walk to Mike Eliasen. With runners on the corners, Gloor induced a pop-up to right field by Fairleigh Dickinson's lead-off hitter, Jeff Vincent to end the inning.

Sand tagged Gloor for three of the seven hits he gave up on the afternoon, while finishing the day at a perfect 4-for-4. Gloor was lifted in the bottom of the 8th inning in favor of junior Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.). DeFrancesco blanked the Knights on two hits over one inning pitched. Joe Duffy (Commack, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless 9th inning, strikeout the last batter he faced, for his first save of the season.

The Bobcats and Knights hit the field again on Saturday, April 25 for a pair of seven-inning games slated for a 12 p.m. start at FDU Field.