Bobcats eliminated from NEC Tournament
by Seth Rothman
May 25, 2007
Pat Egan pitched the Bobcats into the nightcap on Friday in New Britain, Connecticut at the 2007 Northeast Conference Baseball Championships.
Chris Gloor couldn’t pitch them into the championship game.
Quinnipiac won game 4 of the tournament Friday afternoon by defeating Mount St. Mary’s 4-1 behind a fantastic pitching performance by senior Pat Egan. He threw a complete game 3 hitter, giving up the lone run, a walk and 5 strikeouts while throwing 116 pitches in what became his final appearance as a Bobcat.
Quinnipiac got off to a fast start, scoring in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a Ryan Rizzo double and a Tim Binkoski single. But The Mount fought back in the top of the third when Mike Gioioso was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by Quinnipiac second baseman Randy Gress.
In the 4th inning, Quinnipiac showed signs of breaking out of the offensive slumber that had seen them score only 3 runs in the first 13 innings of play in this NEC Tournament.
Both Jeff Mainetti and Pete Kummerfeldt clubbed home runs off Mount starter Andy Germuth, giving Quinnipiac a lead they, and Egan, would not relinquish.
Thirty minutes after Quinnipiac wrapped up the 4-1 win over Mount St. Mary’s, they were back in action, facing off against Central Connecticut State for the second consecutive day. The winner would advance to the NEC Championship Game on Saturday while the loser would see its season come to an abrupt end.
Chris Gloor toed the rubber for the Bobcats in this pivotal game, and he was fantastic through 5 innings, holding Central scoreless.
The problem for the Bobcats, Evan Scribner was just as good for the Blue Devils.
In this elimination game, it was was scoreless through five and a half innings. But in the 6th, Gloor ran out of gas. Gloor gave up 5 runs in the inning, with the big blow coming off the bat of Garrett Walker, who doubled off the southpaw to drive in 2, and send the game out of reach at 4-0.
Meanwhile, Scribner was cruising, and the run support didn’t change matters. He finished the game with a complete game 6 hit shutout while striking out 12 Bobcat hitters as Central cruised into the Championship Game against Monmouth with a 5-0 win.
Quinnipiac ends its season 29-18-1, setting a new record for wins by a Bobcat team in a season, but falling short of their lofty expectations; a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Quinnipiac loses much of its offense, but their triplet of starters Chris Gloor, Joe Duffy, and Andy Mayer will return, as will oft injured Ryan Walfield, who saw action in only four games all season. Tyler Brett and Eric Bretscher will also return next year; two relievers who started to pitch very well late in the season.
The loss ends the athletic year for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. It was a banner year for the Division I school, which opened the $52 million TD Banknorth Sports Center, saw the hockey team come within 18 minutes of a ECAC Hockey crown, and saw a multitude of teams reach the NEC Tournament.