By Mike Radomski
(CARY, NC) – Gabe Guerino (Milford, CT) went a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate, but it wasn’t enough for the Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-4) baseball team in a 10-3 loss at Duke (8-3) on Monday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Devin Burke (Darien, CT) pitched five innings for the Duke Blue Devils and shortstop Jake Lemmerman (Newport Beach, CA) added an 8th inning grand slam to seal the deal on another Duke win.
Quinnipiac would score first off of Burke when Gabe Guerino reached on a single and scored later in the inning on a Ray Buckley (Fairfield,CT) sacrifice fly. With a 1-0 lead, Bobcat starter Tony Cinelli (Wall, NJ) was looking for his second scoreless inning of work but ran into trouble against the Blue Devil offense.
Duke outfielder Gabriel Saade (Miami, FL) hit a three run triple and then scored on an RBI double from catcher Ryan McCurdy (Tampa, FL) to conclude a four run inning.
Quinnipiac closed the deficit in the fourth inning with a Chris Migani (Orange, CT) sacrifice fly and a Ryan Ullrich RBI single (Woodbridge, CT). Ullrich then moved up to third base on a wild pitch from Burke, but the right-hander was able to retire Ben Farina (Waterford, CT) to end the threat. Burke would leave with the Blue Devils ahead 4-3. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits.
On the other side, Cinelli continued to hold down Duke. Trailing 4-3, he kept the Blue Devils scoreless over the next two frames until his last inning of work.
In the sixth, a Bobcats error would score another Duke run and put the Blue Devils on top 5-3. It was one of four errors committed by the Bobcats on the day.
Cinelli finished after those 6 innings yielding 5 runs (3 earned) in the game before turning it over to the bullpen.
With both starters out, Duke reliever Ben Grisz (Dallas, TX) found himself battling with Bobcat pitcher Spencer Kane (Wolcott, CT) to preserve the 5-3 lead.
Both relievers did their job over the next few frames as the score stayed the same way until the bottom of the eighth inning. That was when the Blue Devils would score five unearned runs off of Spencer Kane and the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Following a leadoff walk and an error from Bobcat outfielder Ryan Ullrich, Kane retired Mike Carroll (Granger, IN) on an infield fly pop up and then picked up another out on a Dennis O’Grady (Floral Park, NY) fielder’s choice. With two outs, Kane needed one more to get out of the inning but Joe Pedevillano (Poughkeepsie, NY) added an RBI single to provide an insurance run for Duke. After a hit batsman, shortstop Jake Lemmerman came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with his second career grand slam. The home run put the game out of reach as Grisz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the 10-3 win.
Grisz pitched the last four innings of the game, only allowing four hits and not a single run. With the effort, the sophomore right-hander was able to earn his first save of the season.
Both teams will meet again Tuesday at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, NC. That game will conclude the second of two meetings between Duke and Quinnipiac this season. First pitch is scheduled for three o’clock.
The box score of today’s game can be seen courtesy of Duke Athletics at the following link: https://www.nmnathletics.com//pdf8/677833.pdf?ATCLID=204904289&SPSID=22851&SPID=1850&DB_OEM_ID=4200