By Mike Radomski
The first game didn’t go as planned for the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the season opening 11-10 loss at the Maryland Terrapins.
Quinnipiac took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Bryn Doyle’s RBI single. Bobcats starter Chris Gloor kept the Terrapins off the board until the fourth inning when Mike Murphy took the lefthander deep for a three-run home run.
Maryland would score another three runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to five runs. Dan Benick scored on a wild pitch, and a Jensen Pupa RBI single would knock Gloor out of the game. The Bobcats lefty pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs in the process. Right-hander Joe Duffy relieved Gloor and pitched the rest of the way for Quinnipiac.
In the fifth, the Comeback Kids would start their ascent. Bobak Emamian picked up an RBI single, and two batters later, Joe Poletzky drove home two on an RBI single to bring the Bobcats within two.
Quinnipiac would complete the comeback in the sixth inning with a four-run frame. With back-to-back singles to start the inning, Mickey Amanti would close the gap to one with an RBI single. Doyle walked to load the bases and Emamian drew a four pitch walk to tie the game. Marmo opened up the game with a two-run double as the Bobcats took their second lead of the game.
The Bobcats would hold the 8-6 lead until the seventh inning when Maryland would tie up the score with an RBI double from pitch hitter Curtis Lazar.
In the eighth, the Bobcats would play small ball to move runners over and regain the lead. Doyle drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an error from reliever Brett Jones. With two runners on and no outs, head coach Dan Gooley called for another bunt that again proved costly for Maryland with back-to-back errors. Reliever Dan Gentzler retired the next two hitters with the bases loaded but wasn’t able to end the inning unscathed. Freshman Chris Migani ripped a two-run double to right field to hand a 10-8 lead back to Duffy.
Pupa closed the difference to one with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. Quinnipiac failed to score in the top of the ninth and Duffy would toe the rubber in the bottom half up by just a run.
Tyler Buran led off with a single. Following a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, A.J. Casario hit a slow roller to third and just legged out an infield single to third. Gooley came out of the Quinnipiac dugout to discuss the call with first base umpire Mitch Mele to no avail. Two pitches later, David Poutier crushed a double to right field, scoring two runs, and winning the game for the Maryland Terrapins 11-10.
In a game filled with offensive attacks and a multitude of comebacks, the Terps found themselves on the winning end in the first game of the three-game series.
Sunday’s game has been canceled for the series as the two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.
You can hear the games on the WQAQ Sports Stream beginning at 10:55.
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