(Worcester, MA) – Chris Gloor pitched a complete game six-hitter and struck out a career-high 13 hitters in Quinnipiac’s 7-3 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Gloor fell behind 1-0 in the first after issuing a leadoff walk to Jack Larendeau and an RBI double to John Sills.
The Quinnipiac offense would quickly bring Gloor back into the game with a three-run second inning against Crusader starter Dan Seip. The righthander struck out the side in order in the first inning but struggled in the second.
With two runners on and no outs, catcher Mike Marmo crushed a two-run double to center field as Quinnipiac would control a 2-1 lead. Three batters later, Mickey Amanti brought home another run on an RBI groundout to extend Quinnipiac’s advantage to 3-1.
Gloor continued to shine as he set down 12 consecutive hitters at one point. The lefthander worked his way into trouble in the fifth allowing a leadoff single and walk, but retired the next three hitters to end the inning.
In the sixth, the Crusaders put together a two-out rally and were able to tie up the ballgame. With two runners on and two outs, Matt Perry fit a two-run double to left center field to even the game at 3. Gloor would then walk Billy Cupelo, one of his six walks on the evening, but then struck out Eddie Bleiler to end the inning.
Just like in the second inning, the offensive bats came alive in the seventh inning with a two-run home run from Anes Koummal, his first of the season, to push Quinnipiac ahead 5-3.
Gloor stayed in for the seventh as he retired Brandon McCrea, Jack Larandean and Sills on six pitches. The offense went right back on attack for Quinnipiac with two more runs in the eighth inning including a RBI singles from Joe Poletsky and Amanti.
With a 7-3 lead, coach Dan Gooley stuck with the senior lefthander as he continued hid dominance. Gloor set down the side in the eighth in order including two more strikeouts. The Bobcats starter had eight innings with at least one strikeout and four innings with at least two.
The Crusaders would not go quietly and loaded up the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the tying run at the plate, Gloor induced Sills to ground out to short to end the game.
Gloor never went past five innings this season, going the distance for the complete game victory, his first of the season.
Chris Blanchard was the losing pitcher for Holy Cross. Blanchard entered in relief of Seip who threw 6 1/3 innings, but Blanchard allowed the Bobcats to score four runs in the last three innings.
Quinnipiac has now won their last three games of the season and improve to 3-10. With the loss, the Crusaders snap a three game winning streak and drop to 4-11 overall.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday at the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball field in Hamden, Conn.
The game can be heard live on the WQAQ Baseball stream beginning at 11:50 with first pitch expected at noon.
Click here to view the box score from this game.