MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team defeated Akron, 4-1, in a non-conference match-up at the 2013 Chanticleer Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 5-4.
Senior Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) improved to 2-1 on the season after holding Akron to one run on four hits over seven innings. Lamacchia struck-out four batters and walked just one in a game that saw the right-handed hurler retired 14 batters in a row. Lamacchia's first earned-run allowed of the year, puts his ERA at 0.41 for the year while he has also allowed just 11 hits over 21 innings.
At the plate, Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) was 2-for-4 with a stolen base while Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base. Freshman Ryan Nelson (Knoxville, Tenn.) also drove in a run in addition to a run scored while Brian Ruditys (Boothwyn, Pa.), Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) and Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) all scored for the Bobcats. Down the stretch, Freshman reliever Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) pitched two scoreless innings for his third save in as many appearances to start his Bobcat career.
In the second inning, Lamacchia's season-opening streak of 16 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run ended when Daulton Mosbarger delivered a two-out single through the left side of the infield that scored Brady Stewart to give Akron and early 1-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived as the Bobcats plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Donaghue led off the inning with a single to shortstop before moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. Blumenthal's ground ball to first base moved Donaghue to third before Nelson doubled to right-center field to drive Donaghue home and tie the game. After Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) walked, Ruditys' ground ball to short was thrown away, allowing Nelson to score and give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Lamacchia was cruising, retiring 13 straight Akron hitters into the top of the seventh before walking Stewart with one out. After giving up a base hit, Lamacchia was able to induce a double-play ball that ended the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Quinnipiac put two more runs on the board. Ruditys walked to lead off the inning before Dwyer's sacrifice bunt moved him over to second base. After Civale walked, both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Akron reliever Matt LaRocca then walked Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) to load the bases before Blumenthal singled to right field to drive in Ruditys. An error on the right fielder also allowed Civale to score to give Quinnipiac a three-run lead, 4-1, heading into the top of the eighth.
In the eighth, Binkiewicz came on in relief of Lamacchia. The freshman reliever retired Mosbarger on a come-backer before striking out the final two batters of the inning. After a scoreless half inning from the Bobcats, Binkiewicz walked Mark Rembielak before Devan Ahart singled. After LaRocca flew out to right field, moving Rembielak to third, Ahart stole second and Binkiewicz walked Stewart, the tying run, to load the bases with one out. Binkiewicz then retired Bryan White and James Sheltrown to end Akron's threat and end the game.
Quinnipiac and Akron will meet again on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 12 p.m. at the 2013 Chanticleer Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C.