May 1, 2009

Gloor Takes No-Hitter To 8th Inning In 10-3 Win Against Sacred Heart

HAMDEN, Conn. – Bobcats starting pitcher Chris Gloor (Bay Shore, N.Y.) took a no-hitter into the 8th inning as the Quinnipiac University baseball team defeated Sacred Heart, 10-3, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn. Gloor improves to 6-3 on the year and 4-0 against Northeast Conference competition. The Bobcats improve to 7-10 in the NEC and 14-26 overall while Sacred Heart drops to 9-7 in conference play and 19-22-1 overall.

Gloor lasted 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight. The NEC strikeout-leader, Gloor ran his season total to 75 for the year. Gloor retired the first nine batters he faced before he hit Mike Drowne with a pitch. He then retired the next 10 batters he faced before walking Jeff Hanson in the 7th inning. Sacred Heart's first hit did not come until the 8th inning.

At the plate, the first six batters in the Bobcats' lineup all collected two apiece. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) was 2-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI while Bryn Doyle (Manchester, N.H.) and Joe Poletsky (Riverside, Conn.) also had two hits and two RBI.

The Bobcats were retired in order in the first while Gloor struck out three of the six batters he faced over the first two innings before Quinnipiac erupted for five runs on six hits in the 2nd inning. Michael Marmo (Brookville, Conn.) singled up the middle to lead-off the inning before moving third on a double by Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.), who extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Poletsky then singled home Marmo for the game's first run as Poletsky picked up his team-leading 26th RBI of the season. After Ben Farina (Waterford, Conn.) struck out for the first out, Mickey Amanti (Waterford, Conn.) flew out to right field, scoring Guerino from third.

Quinnipiac extended their hot streak with two outs in an inning. Quinnipiac entered the game hitting .292 (125-428) with two-down, while 86 of their 207 runs on the year have been driven in with two outs in the inning. Earlier in the week, the Bobcats tagged Boston College for nine of their 10 runs with two outs in the 8th inning. Ryan Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) continued the trend with a single to put runners on first and second. Migani singled to right field to score Poletsky from second base as Ullrich advanced to third. After Migani moved to second on the throw to the plate, Doyle singled to left field to score Ullrich and Migani to give Quinnipiac a 5-0 lead through two innings. Doyle's hit brought his hitting streak to 13 games, a season-high for the year.

Quinnipiac scored again in the bottom of the third. Marmo walked to lead off the inning before Guerino hit a ground ball back to the mound. Sacred Heart starter Chris Barthel turned and threw to second base, but the throw was late as a hustling Marmo beat the throw. On the transfer, the Pioneers' shortstop throw the ball away, allowing Marmo to move to third as Guerino went to second. Poletsky drove in another run with a fly ball to deep centerfield with Guerino moving to third. Amanti's single up the middle scored Guerino to give the Bobcats a 7-0 lead. Ullrich hit a slow roller to the left side and reached on a throwing error by Sacred Heart's shortstop with Amanti moving to third on the play. Migani hit a dribbler to third base that was misplayed, allowing Amanti to score to give Quinnipiac an 8-0 lead through three innings.

Gloor's perfect-game bid ended in the fourth inning when Mike Drowne drew a walk to start the inning. Phil Tantillo threatened his no-hitter with a drive down the right field line that Ullrich made a sliding catch for the first out of the inning. That set up Gloor for a match-up with SHU's Jeff Hanson, the NEC leading hitter. The big lefty struck out Hanson for the second time in as many at-bats before Tyler Santos ground out to short.

Gloor took his no-hitter through 7 1/3 before Paul Schmidt hit a blooper to center fielder for Sacred Heart's first hit of the game. After Schmidt stole second base, Hunter Phillips hit a slow ground ball up the third base line and beat the throw to the bag for the second hit of the inning as Schmidt went to third. Steve Tedesco's sacrifice bunt scored Schmidt as Sacred Heart put their first run of the game on the board to make the score 8-1 heading to the bottom half of the inning.

The Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 8th. Ullrich reached on an error by the Sacred Heart second baseman before Migani crushed his third homerun of the season down the left field line as Quinnipiac pushed their lead to 10-1 heading to the top of the 9th.

In the 9th, Phil Tantillo singled through the left side of the infield to lead the inning off. Hanson followed with a line drive to the left centerfield gap, scoring Tantillo from first as he advanced to second for a double and a RBI as Sacred Heart cut into the Quinnipiac lead, 10-2. Jeff Heppner, who was named the Akadema/NEC Player of the Week earlier in the week singled through the left side of the infield. The hit knocked Gloor from the game in favor of junior Todd DeFrancesco (North Haven, Conn.). A wild pitch by DeFrancesco scored Hanson to make the score 10-3.

The Bobcats and Pioneers hit the field again on Saturday, May 2 for a pair of seven-inning games scheduled to start at 12 p.m. They conclude their four-game series on Sunday, May 3 with a nine-inning game at 12 p.m.