April 6, 2013

Baseball Swept By Sacred Heart, 10-0 and 4-0

The Quinnipiac University baseball team dropped a pair of Northeast Conference games to Sacred Heart, 10-0 and 4-0, at the QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. With the two losses, Quinnipiac goes to 10-14 overall and 5-6 in NEC play. Sacred Heart improves to 11-13 overall and 7-4 in league action.

Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 3-for-3 in the second game, with a double, while freshman Mike Palladino (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) was the only other Bobcat to collect multiple hits. Ryan Walsh (Stamford, Conn.) came on in relief of Bobcats' starter Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) in the first game and held Sacred Heart to one run on two hits over 3 1/3. In the second game, Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) was tagged for three runs in the first inning but rebounded to hold Sacred Heart scoreless until the seventh. Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.) got the final two outs of the inning for the Bobcats. 

In the first game, Sacred Heart pushed five runs across, three of which were unearned. John Murphy provided the fireworks with a three-run homer to right-center fielder to give the Pioneers an early lead. After Rocco Gondek was hit by a pitch, back-to-back singles by Jesus Medina and Jayson Sullivan drove in Dan Perez and Gondek to give Sacred Heart a 5-0 lead. 

Keaton Flint drove in Medina with a RBI-double in the third before Gondek blasted a three-run homer in the fourth to give Sacred Heart a nine-run lead. Dave Boisture added a two-out homer in the sixth to cap the Pioneers scoring for the day.

In the second game, Flint was hit by a pitch to start the day before being sacrificed over. A single by Murphy up the middle scored Flint with the game's first run. After Murphy was thrown-out by Quinnipiac catcher Dale Long (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Perez reached via base-on-balls and Boisture single to give the Pioneers to base runners. Derick Horn then hit a bouncing ball through the right side of the infield to score both runners and give Sacred Heart a 3-0 lead. They would increase their lead to four runs on the strength of four straight hits in the seventh. 

Quinnipiac's NEC series against Sacred Heart will conclude on Sunday, Apr. 7 with a nine-inning game set for a 1 p.m. start at QU Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.