By: Michael Radomski
WQAQ Quinnipiac Baseball Beat Writer
CLEARWATER Fla. – The Quinnipiac baseball team lost to the Harvard Crimson 4-3 in extra innings yesterday afternoon.
Harvard starting pitcher, Shawn Haviland, struggled early on giving Quinnipiac ample opportunities to score.
In the top of the first, Haviland walked the bases loaded. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Haviland then retired Randy Gress and Wilson Matos on strikes and popped up Peter Kummerfeldt to end the inning.
Joe Duffy started for the Bobcats and pitched a scoreless first. However, the New York native struggled in the 2nd allowing 3 runs on 4 hits as Harvard took the lead.
Once again, the Bobcats trailed but fought their way back into the contest. Quinnipiac and Ryan Rizzo took advantage of Shawn Haviland’s wild pitching of six walks and two hits over 3 2/3. Rizzo drove home freshman Brian Monack on a two out single to close the gap to two.
Then, the Bobcats pitching kept Quinnipiac in the game. Tyler Brett took over for Duffy in the sixth inning and shut down the Crimson. The CT native kept Harvard off the board as long as he could pitching 4 1/3 innings only allowing one run.
Quinnipiac would catch up with a Wilson Matos sac fly in the 7th to pull the Bobcats within one. In the 9th, the Bobcats rallied against Crimson closer Dan Zailskas. Matos led off with a single, followed by an RBI double from Pete Kummerfeldt, who advanced to 3rd on a throwing error.
QU tied the game on that double, and were in position to take the lead, but once again, the Crimson pitching staff came up clutch. With the potential game winning run on 3rd, the Bobcats went down 1-2-3, ending the inning, and missing an opportunity to take the lead.
In the bottom half of the 9th, Harvard went scoreless and the two teams were off to extra innings. In the top half of the tenth, John Delaney lead off with a single. Quinnipiac once again had the potential game winning run on base, but Ryan Rizzo grounded into a double play. The Bobcats would go down without scoring.
In the Harvard half of the 10th, Matt Rogers reached first on an error by catcher Michael Marmo. Rogers then stole second and following a walk, came home on Tom Stack-Babich’s game-winning single. Harvard wins 4-3 in 10 innings.
The win marks Harvard’s first win in their first game of the season as Quinnipiac now falls to 1-2. The Bobcats will play Michigan State for the second time of the season, this afternoon.