BOBCATS OPEN SEASON WITH SPLIT
By: Michael Radomski
WQAQ Quinnipiac Baseball Beat Writer
March 10, 2007
TAMPA- The Quinnipiac Bobcats split the season opening doubleheader yesterday with South Florida and Michigan State
Quinnipiac lost to Michigan State in the first game 8-5. Then, the Bobcats narrowly defeated South Florida 5-4 in the nightcap.
In Game 1, Craig Brookes led the Spartans with his pitching. Brookes pitched 6 2/3 allowing two runs in the quality start. RF Eli Boike led Michigan State in the leadoff spot hitting 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.
The Bobcats starter Andy Mayer had a shaky start allowed five runs, all unearned, over the course of four innings. Mayer hit three batters, allowed six hits, and walked two. The sophomore starter also committed a throwing error in the 3rd that sparked a three run Spartan rally.
Senior Tim Binkoski led Quinnipiac with a 4-for-5 performance with a triple, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. 2B Randy Gress backed up Rizzo’s performance with a 3 for 5 RBI performance in the cleanup spot.
More good news for the Bobcats was the return Pat Egan. The senior was drafted in the 36th round of the MLB Draft, but had season ending Tommy John surgery last year. Egan’s return was a successfully strong inning pitched in relief.
With the victory, the Spartans improved to 4-5 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 0-1. But the team didn’t have time to sulk. Soon there after, the Bobcats were back in action playing South Florida.
The Bulls from South Florida jumped out to the early 3-0 lead after two innings. However, the Bobcats wouldn’t let the Bulls run away with this victory.
Randy Gress went 2-for-5 and hit a solo home run in the third to put the Bobcats on the board. Later on in the inning, the Bobcats closed the gap to 1 with a Pete Kummerfeldt single, bringing home Wilson Matos.
On the mound, Quinnipiac starter Chris Gloor allowed three runs over four innings before being lifted for reliever Eric Bretscher. The junior righthander masterfully pitched five innings, allowing just one run.
The Bobcats clawed back to take the lead in the fourth, and behind Bretscher’s pitching, took a 4-3 lead into the 9th.
In the top half, Quinnipiac received a much-needed insurance run from pinch hitter Michael Marmo. In the bottom half, the Bobcats barely held on for the victory. Ty Taborelli slammed a pinch hit home run for the Bulls. Then, with runners on 1st and 2nd and two outs, Eric Bretscher came up clutch striking out cleanup hitter Brandin Daniel to end the game.
Despite three more errors, the Bobcats held on to the 5-4 victory to split the two team doubleheader. South Florida’s record drops to 10-5 as the Bobcats improve to 1-1.
The Bobcats will play Harvard later today at 4 PM in their 3rd game of the season. This game will be played in Clearwater, Florida at the Jack Russell Stadium beginning at 2:45 PM.