Baseball Falls To LIU Brooklyn, 2-1, In First Game Of NEC Series
Quinnipiac starting pitcher Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) threw a gem, but the Bobcats lost to LIU Brooklyn, 2-1, at LIU Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. Quinnipiac drops to 10-31 overall and 5-16 in the Northeast Conference while LIU Brooklyn improves to 16-26 overall and 12-9 in conference play.
Lamacchia gave up a lead-off Pete Leonello that gave LIU Brooklyn a 1-0 lead through its first batter of the game. Lamacchia would give up another hit in the first and two more through four before pitching lights out down the stretch. In addition, his 10 strikeouts make him the seventh Quinnipiac pitcher all-time, and third at the Division I level, to reach 200 career strikeouts. Lamacchia scattered six hits over 7 2/3 before being lifted in favor of Bobcats closer Gary Binkiewicz (Scotch Plains, N.J.).
In the fifth inning, freshman Rob Pescitelli (Bayshore, N.Y.) jumped all over a 2-and-1 offering from Blackbirds starter Justin Topa and blasted his first career home run over the right field wall at LIU Field. It was Quinnipiac's fourth home run in its last two games after hitting just six all season heading into their game against Dartmouth on Wednesday, May 1. Topa picked up the win to improve to 6-5 on the season after holding Quinnipiac a run on three hits.
In the bottom of the eight, Lamacchia retired the first batter he faced before giving up a single to Diego Perez. Lamacchia got Leonello to hit a double-play ball, which retired Perez, while Leonello beat out the throw to reach by fielder's choice. Chris Untereiner then delivered his second hit of the day with a double to score Leonello with the go-ahead run. LIU's Evan Zerff then retired the Bobcats in order in the top of the ninth for his second save of the year.
Quinnipiac and LIU Brooklyn will face each other in a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at LIU Field. After the two teams square-off in a pair of seven inning games on Saturday, they will complete their series on Sunday, May 5 with a nine-inning outing at 1 p.m.