Bobcats leave game 1 on basepaths
by Seth Rothman
May 24, 2007
The Quinnipiac Bobcats left 14 runners on base, 12 of them in scoring position as Central Connecticut State defeated the Bobcats 3-2 in 10 innings today in game 1 of the NEC Tournament.
Andy Mayer pitched admirably in the loss, taking a shutout through the 8th inning. In the top of the 9th, however, he ran into trouble. After inducing left fielder Jay Schillaci to ground out to John Delaney at third, Mayer gave up back to back singles inducing Bobcats manager Dan Gooley to replace the righty with closer Tyler Brett.
After inducing a ground out by B.K. McLaughlin allowing both runners to move up a base, 9th place hitter Richie Tri drove the first pitch from Brett into center field, scoring both Casey Walko and Sean Allaire.
The Bobcats, top ranked in this NEC Tournament, would not go down quietly. Central pitcher Matt Gianini had allowed only 1 unearned run in the third inning, but he got touched up for the game tying run in the 9th.
John Delaney led off with a screaming double into the left center field gap, and after a Ryan Rizzo groundout sent Delaney to third, NEC Player of the Year Tim Binkoski singled to left field off CCSU closer Evan Scribner, scoring Delaney and tying the game at 2.
In the top of the 10th, however, Central took advantage of a spell of wildness by Tyler Brett. After singling between first and second, Adam Taha took both second and third on 2 wild pitches by the Bobcats closer. Jak Kidd’s fly ball deep to right field was the difference as Taha came home on the sacrafice fly.
The Bobcats fought in the bottom of the frame, but with Pete Kummerfeldt on second base, John Delaney was unable to deliver, sending the Bobcats to the loser’s bracket.
Tyler Brett takes the loss for the Bobcats, he falls to 4-3 on the season, while Scribner takes the win, he improves to 5-6. Mayer gets a no decision for Quinnipiac after throwing 8.1 innings and giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits.
Quinnipiac will now have to fight back from a deep hole. They will have to run the table in this double elimination tournament by winning four straight games if they want to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.
They will start that fight Friday at 3:30 when they face Mount St. Mary’s, who was defeated 9-0 by Monmouth in the second game of the day on Thursday.
Pat Egan will be the starter Friday for the Bobcats. Egan, the 5th year senior from Rocky Hill, CT is coming back from Tommy John surgery that he had last December, and is starting to regain the form that led the Baltimore Orioles to draft him in last year’s MLB Draft. Over his last two starts, Egan has been nearly unhittable, sporting a 2-0 record and an ERA of 0.64.
You will be able to listen to the broadcast of that game on the WQAQ Bobcats Sports Network by following the link on our “Game Broadcast Page.” Matt Janik and Kevin Sokolski will have the call, with the pregame show starting roughly 15 minutes before first pitch at 3:15.
If the Bobcats win the game at 3:30 tomorrow, they will go right back on the field for the final game of the loser’s bracket in a game scheduled for 7:00. They will face the loser of game 3 of the tournament between today’s winners. If it goes that far, lefthander Chris Gloor is scheduled to be the starter that will try and send the Bobcats to Saturday’s championship series.
One thing is for certain. If the Bobcats leave 12 runners in scoring position tomorrow afternoon, Gloor may not get that chance.