By: Michael Radomski
Quinnipiac Baseball Beat Writer
March 14, 2007
DeLand (Fla.) –Stetson University defeated Quinnipiac for the second time in as many days yesterday 13-6. This time the Hatters needed a six run 7th inning to come out victorious.
For the first time all year, Quinnipiac jumped out to the early lead and scored first. Starter Andy Mauldin allowed a leadoff single to Wilson Matos setting up Pete Kummerfeldt. The NEC Player of the Week relinquished the opportunity and crushed a two run home run to right field. The first pitch home run was Kummerfeldt’s second home run of the season, giving Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
Joe Cesarini started, after pitching in relief two days earlier. Cesarini pitched a perfect 1-2-3 first inning, but fell into trouble in the second.
Following two leadoff singles, Cesarini answered with two fly ball outs, but Josh Clendenin’s RBI single bridged the gap to just one run.
Quinnipiac would go scoreless in the top half of the 3rd, but Stetson would not. The Hatters rallied for two more runs off of Cesarini to take a 3-2 lead.
Coach Gooley pulled Cesarini to start the bottom of the 4th inning and replaced him with Joe Duffy. A sacrifice fly from shortstop Kevin Johnson increased the lead to two for Stetson.
In the top of the fifth, the Bobcats would take the run back with a Tim Binkoski RBI single. However, the Hatters added a run in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead back to two.
With the score 5-3 in the 7th, Quinnipiac clawed for one more run to close the gap to one. Brian Monack scored as Ryan Rizzo hit the ball to shortstop Kevin Johnson, who committed the error that plated Monack.
However, in the bottom of the seventh, the Hatters took firm control of the game. Stetson University rocked Joe Duffy and Tyler Brett for six runs on eight hits. The Hatter simply would not be denied rallying for the 11-4 lead.
The Bobcats would go scoreless in their half of the eighth, but the Hatters would add two more runs advancing the lead.
Quinnipiac would add two more runs in the ninth, but the Hatters still prevailed 13-6. The Bobcats’ record dropped to 2-4 with the loss as Stetson University improved to 14-6 with the 13-6 victory. The Bobcats will now face Bethune-Cookman tonight at 6:45.