Baseball Sweeps Mount St. Mary's, 7-2 and 5-4; Gooley Wins 400th Game At Quinnipiac
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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University baseball team swept a Northeast Conference doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's, taking the first game, 7-2, and the second game, 5-4, in extra innings. Quinnipiac improves to 6-26 overall and 5-14 in the NEC while Mount St. Mary's drops to 11-27 overall and 4-15 in league play. The win gives Quinnipiac three-in-a-row for the first time since March 25-26, 2011, also against Mount St. Mary's.
The win in the first game gave head coach Dan "Skip" Gooley 400 career wins at Quinnipiac, making him the third coach in school history to reach the mark along with former athletic director and men's basketball coach Burt Kahn and current men's and women's tennis coach Mike Quitko.
Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) collected four hits for the day, two in each game. Palmer, with a hit in each of his first two at-bats of the first game, ran his streak of reaching base safely to 10 straight plate appearances. Palmer scored the game-winner in the second game, on an RBI-single by Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.). Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) drove in five runs for the day, while Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) was 3-for-3 in the first game.
Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up the win in the first game to improve to 3-4 on the season after holding Monmouth to two runs on six hits for his team-leading fifth complete game of the season. Game 2 starter Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) was masterful, holding Mount St. Mary's to one run on five hits over 5 2/3. Matthew Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.) came on in relief to get the four-out save, but was tagged for three runs in the seventh as Mount St. Mary's tied the game and send it to extra innings. Kevin O'Connell picked up the win in the second game to improve to 1-3.
In the first game, Mount St. Mary's got on the board first, in the top of the first inning. After Kane retired the first two batters he faced, he walked Mark Quaranta, who moved to second base on a base hit by Josh Winter. Quaranta scored on a single to right field by Mo Moriarty before Kane struck out Ryan Owens to end the inning.
The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning when Vin Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) reached on a two-out single to short. After Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) walked, Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) hit a line drive to left that scored Guglietti and tied the game, 1-1. With the hit, Palmer had reached base in nine straight plate appearances extending back to the Bobcats' game against Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 10. In that game, Palmer walked in his final two trips to the plate after doubling in the fifth inning. On Friday, April 13, Palmer was 5-for-5.
The Mount threatened in the second when Nick Walker doubled with two outs on a deep drive to center field. Kane then walked Michael Foster to put two runners on before Jay Knight hit a full-count fastball to the right side of the infield. Slick-fielding second baseman Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) made a diving stop before flipping the ball, from his knees, to Guglietti at first to end the inning.
In the third, Kane once-again retired the first two batters he faced before giving up three straight hits to Moriarty, Owens and Sam Nott. Nott's ground ball through the right side of the infield scored Moriarty from second to give Mount St. Mary's a 2-1 lead.
Palmer extended his run to 10 straight at-bats with a lead-off double on a deep fly ball to left center field. Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) then dropped down a bunt to move Palmer over, but the throw to first was high and sailed down the right field line, scoring Palmer to tie the game, 2-2, as Civale moved to second base. After Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) bunted Civale to third, Dwyer hit a blooper to right to score Civale and give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. The hit ended Mount St. Mary's starter Brady Feigl's afternoon as he was lifted in favor of Nick Riley. Feigl gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits over 3 1/3 innings pitched.
In the fifth, Guglietti and Nisson led off the inning with back-to-back singles before a sacrifice bunt from Palmer moved both runners into scoring position. Civale then walked to load the bases before Donaghue lined a single to right field to score Guglietti and Nisson and give Quinnipiac a 5-2 lead. Dwyer then followed with a line drive to right, to load the bases for Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.). After a passed ball allowed Civale to sneak home, Blumenthal hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Donaghue and increase Quinnipiac's lead to 7-2.
In the second game, Palmer broke a 0-0 tie in the third inning when he lined a shot up the middle to score Ullrich from second base. Ullrich led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield before stealing second. After Guglietti popped out, Nisson walked to put runners on first and second for Palmer. Palmer's hit moved Nisson to third. Civale then walked to load the bases with two outs before Donaghue cleared the bases with a three-run to give Quinnipiac a 4-0 lead.
The Mount finally got to Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) in the sixth inning. Fabrizio was masterful, holding Mount St. Mary's to three hits over the first five innings. In the sixth, Fabrizio gave up a lead-off single to Michael Foster, who was retired on a groundball by Knight to second base. Knight was then retired on another groundball to second by Mark Quaranta. Josh Winter delivered with a base hit to move Quaranta to second before pinch-hitter Mo Moriarty singled to left field to score Quaranta and put Mount St. Mary's on the board. Fabrizio was lifted in favor of Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.), who came in to face Ryan Owens, who represented the game-tying run at the plate. Siciliano got Owens to pop-up behind first base to end the inning.
In the seventh, Siciliano got the lead-off hitter out before walking Jack Schwartz and giving up a double to Nick Walker. A failed pick-off move allowed Schwartz to score before Foster's single scored Walker. Siciliano got Knight to fly-out for the second out of the inning before Quaranta doubled in Foster with the tying run. Kevin O'Connell (Glastonbury, Conn.) came on in relief, inducing a pop-up by Winter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Palmer led off with a double to the right-center field gap. After Gabe Guerino (Orange, Conn.) popped-out on a bunt, Mount St. Mary's intentionally walked Donaghue to set-up the double play, for Dwyer. Dwyer singled on a slow-roller to third base to load the bases. Blumenthal followed with a single to left field to score Palmer with the game-winning run.
Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary's will play the final game of their four-game set on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field.
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