Baseball Falls To Richmond, 2-1, For First Loss Of Season

Despite a second straight start from senior Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.), the Quinnipiac baseball team was dealt a 2-1 loss at Richmond. The Bobcats go to 3-1 on the season, while the Spiders improve to 11-2. 

Lamacchia spun eight shutout innings, scattering six hits while walking two and striking out a season-high 10 batters. Lamacchia allowed just one base runner over the first 4 1/3 innings before walking a batter and giving up a hit in the fifth. Lamacchia stuck out the final two batters in that inning to end Richmond's threat. In the seventh, he once again allowed two runners to reach before striking out the next three batters. 

In the ninth, Lamacchia allowed two runners to reach base before he was lifted in favor of Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa.). Siciliano struck out the first two batters he faced before a failed pick-off attempt by the Bobcats' catcher allowed Richmond to tie the game before a single scored the game-winning run to give Richmond the walk-off victory.

Sophomore Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) was 2-for-3 for the day while Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) was 1-for-3 with the Bobcats' only run of the game. Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) drove in the run in the seventh. Lamacchia is now 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. 

Both starters were sharp, as Zak Sterling held Quinnipiac scoreless through 6 1/3 innings before exiting with one out in the seventh. In the seventh, Palmer and Donaghue lined back-to-back singles, followed by a ground ball to third by Blumenthal. Richmond's third base stepped on the bag and wheeled to make the throw to first, but Blumenthal beat the throw allowing Palmer to score and give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. 

The Bobcats and Spiders will meet again on Sunday, Mar. 10 for a double-header at 11 a.m.