Senior Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) struck out eight batters over six shut-out innings that saw him surrender three hits as the Quinnipiac baseball team defeated New Haven, 3-2, for the 2012 City Series Championship.
Kane retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before two runners reached in the fifth. He managed to pitch out of trouble in that spot, and again in the sixth with runners in scoring position. With New Haven runners on second and third, Kane struck out the final two batters he faced to escape his outing unscathed.
evin O'Connell worked the final three innings, giving up the lead before the Bobcats bounced back to give O'Connell the victory.
Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead when Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) walked before getting bunted over by Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.). Blumenthal then stole third and before scoring on an error by the catcher.
New Haven tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, before Quinnipiac busted out two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 3-1 lead. After Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) and Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) both reached base, three errors allowed Migani and Guglietti to score.
New Haven crept back and scored another run in the top of the ninth, but Kevin O'Connell managed to pitch out of the jam for the save.