HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac baseball head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley recorded his 500th career win as the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary's, 17-3. The win, Gooley's 399th at Quinnipiac, snaps a 13-game losing streak by the Bobcats, who improve to 4-26 overall and 3-14 in league play. Mount St. Mary's drops to 11-16 overall and 4-13 in league action.
"This is special. I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to coach for 27 years," Gooley said. "This has been an amazing journey, filled with outstanding young players and coaches along the way. I've been fortunate. We played great today, I'm proud of my guys."
Gooley's first career win came on April 2, 1977 when the Braves defeated Fairfield, 5-3. Gooley's first home fell on April 14, 1977, when Quinnipiac defeated Barrington College, 18-1. Gooley's 100th career win came at New Hampshire College, 14-3, during the Braves' 1983 campaign. Gooley won his 200th game in 1987 and his 300th while at the University of Hartford. His 400th win came against the University of Hartford, 7-3, on May 4, 2006.
|Coach||Team||Career Wins||Years Coach|
|Mike Quitko||Men's & Women's Tennis||481||21^|
|Burt Kahn||Men's Basketball||459||30|
|Dan Gooley||Baseball||500 (399 @ Quinnipiac)||27 (22 @ Quinnipiac)^|
|Rand Pecknold||Men's Ice Hockey||337||18^|
|Tricia Fabbri||Women's Basketball||243||17^|
Senior co-captain Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) combined to go 10-for-11 on the afternoon as each collected five hits in the win. The duo are the first Bobcat players to record five hits in a game since Brian Monack had five hits against Yale on April 21, 2010. Nisson also drove in a season-high five runs. Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-5 on the year after holding Mount St. Mary's to three runs over 6 2/3 innings pitched while striking out eight.
Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) scored the game's first run when he bunted to get on base and then moved to second on a balk by Mount St. Mary's starter Karl Lamont. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) then hit a seeing-eye single up the middle to score Ullrich from second base. Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) followed with a single to left-center field before Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) drove a ball deep to right field that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, scoring Nisson, and giving Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) led off the inning with a single on a line drive to center field before Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) walked. Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.) ripped his second base hit of the inning to load the bases before Lamont walked Ullrich to force in a run. Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) hit a towering drive to right field that hit the bottom of the fence to score Blumenthal as Ruditys was thrown out attempting to score from second. After Nisson drove in his second run of the afternoon, Lamont was lifted in favor of Chris Del Vecchio. Del Vecchio walked Palmer to load the bases, before also walking Civale to force another run in. Scott Donaghue's (Marlboro, N.J.) sacrifice fly ball to center field scored Nisson to give Quinnipiac a 7-0 lead.
In the fifth, Blumenthal was hit by a pitch to start the inning before being sacrificed over by Ruditys. After Ullrich walked, Guglietti singled up the middle to load the bases. Nisson then hit a ground ball by the Mounts' diving shortstop to bring Blumenthal and Ullrich around and increase Quinnipiac's lead to 9-0. Palmer then followed with a single up the middle that drove in Guglietti from second base. After Nisson and Palmer moved up on a wild pitch by Ben Smallenbroek, Civale walked to load the bases. Donaghue then lined a single over the head of the Mount's shortstop to drive in Nisson and give Quinnipiac an 11-0 lead. Dwyer's followed with a fly ball to center field to score Palmer as the Bobcats jumped out by a dozen.
Lamacchia was lifted in the seventh inning, in favor of Ray Buckley (Orange, Conn.), after giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Lamacchia hurled five innings of shut-out baseball before giving up back-to-back in the sixth that resulted in Mount St. Mary's first run. In the seventh, Lamacchia gave up a lead-off hit to Ryan Owens before striking out Zack Schramm. Lamacchia gave up a hit to Brandon Scott that scored Owens before striking out Jack Schwartz for the second out of the inning. A double by Michael Foster knocked Lamacchia from the game as Scott scored to pull the Mount within nine runs, 12-3.
In the bottom half of the inning, Quinnipiac plated three more runs as Nisson and Palmer collected their fourth hits of the game before Donaghue drew a walk to load the bases. Dwyer then singled to left field to score both runners and give him a season-high three RBI for the day. Blumenthal's sacrifice fly scored Donaghue to give Quinnipiac a 15-3 lead. The Bobcats tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth.
Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary's will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 at Quinnipiac Baseball Field with the first game scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. They will conclude four-game set on Sunday, April 15 with a nine-inning game schedule for a 1 p.m. start.