Weber tosses a gem, Quinnipiac snaps seven-game skid
By Jamie Palatini
April 24, 2008
HAMDEN — Eric Weber’s 7.1 shut-out innings propelled the Quinnipiac Bobcats to a 3-0 win over Fairfield in Hamden on Thursday. The win was the first of the season for Weber (1-4), who came into the game with a lofty 9.28 ERA. The win ends the Bobcats’ seven-game losing streak, putting their record at 9-25. The loss drops Fairfield to 11-26.
Quinnipiac drew first blood in the 2nd inning. Designated hitter Pete Kummerfeldt lead off the inning with a line drive that bounced off the top of the right center field wall for a double. Joe Poletsky’s single moved Kummerfeldt to third, and right fielder Blake Barone’s RBI groundout gave Quinnipiac the 1-0 lead.
The only other scoring in the game came off the bat of Quinnipiac catcher Bobak Emamian in the seventh inning. With Anes Koummal on first base, Emamian drove a 1-2 pitch from Fairfield starter Rick Piccirillo over the left field wall for his first career home run, making the score 3-0 Bobcats.
But the story of this game was Weber’s command. The senior from New Milford, Conn. scattered seven hits, struck out four and only walked one. He didn’t allow a count to get to three balls on any batter until the seventh inning when he walked Fairfield first baseman Dave Brizzolara. Of his 102 pitches on the day, 76 of them were strikes.
Weber worked out of a few difficult situations as well. In the top of the third inning, he overcame errors from John Delaney, Tyler Turgeon, and Bobak Emamian by striking out Fairfield shortstop Tucker Nathans with runners on the corners to end the inning. Weber was also able to induce two groundball double plays in his 7.1 innings of work.
Veteran Joe Duffy came in for the last 1.2 innings to pick up his second save of the year. Duffy entered in the eighth with runners on first and second with one out, but got second baseman David Dudish to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to thwart Fairfield’s final threat.
The Bobcats will look to build off of this win when they start a four-game series at home on Friday afternoon against LIU. The game will start at 3pm, and can be heard live across the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ.