Baseball

Offensive explosion gives Skip win #500

By Angelique Fiske, QBSN Publishing Editor

After family and friends cleared the way, seniors Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) and Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) wasted no time in hoisting the water cooler over the head of coach Dan “Skip” Gooley in a long awaited celebration.  In a 17-3 victory over NEC opponent Mount St. Mary’s, Gooley earned his 500th career win as a head coach.

“We’ve been waiting to do that for a while,” Nisson said with a grin.

While the postgame bath was the cause of smiles around the dugout, the significance of the celebration was not lost on the manager.

“It seems that every hundred is special, and I was lucky enough to get to 500,” Gooley said.  “Maybe somewhere along the line I’ll be lucky enough to get to 501.”

Previous to today’s historic win, Gooley had been stuck on 499 wins the since Quinnipiac defeated Fairleigh Dickinson on March 23.  The Bobcats rode out a 13-game losing streak, dragging out Gooley’s milestone achievement.  In light of the anticipation, the players felt more weight than a regular season match-up.

“It felt like a championship game at the end when we got that last out,” Nisson said.

While the final out proved the Bobcats’ will, the opening pitches could have easily turned it the other way.  However, the explosiveness of the Bobcat offense and the dominant performance of Derek Lamacchia (Whitestone, N.Y.) on the mound quickly quieted the fear of dropping another game.

The Bobcats immediately jumped on the offerings from Mount St. Mary’s starter Karl Lamont.  Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) reached base on a fielder’s choice and after advancing to second base on a balk, came around to score the game’s first run to the tune of a Nisson single.  A batter later, Nic Civale (East Windsor, Conn.) drove in Nisson.

The next frame only furthered the gap that Mount St. Mary’s would not close.  A bases loaded walk to Ullrich brought Forrest Dwyer (Wakefield, R.I.) home, followed by Vincent Guglietti’s (East Haven, Conn.) right field single that drove in Ullrich to give the Bobcats the 4-0 lead.  After a Nisson RBI single, Lamont was pulled for Chris Del Vecchio.  Despite the fresh arm, the Bobcat bats could not be stopped from driving in three more runs before the second inning was in the books.

Nisson paved the way for the Quinnipiac offense, going 5-for-6 on the day with four RBIs.  Sophomore Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) put together a statistical dream, as he would not be retired. Palmer went 5-for-5, walked once and batted in two.

While six of the runs scored off the bats of Nisson and Palmer, the rest of the lineup got in on the action.  Dwyer and Civale each earned three RBIs, Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) knocked in two, and Ullrich, Guglietti and Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hill, N.Y.) had one apiece.

“The offensive boost was definitely big,” Lamacchia said of the run support.  “Hopefully we can keep that up throughout the weekend series and definitely give our hitters some confidence going into games further down the road.”

While Lamacchia praised the offensive end of the game, his performance held the outing together.  Lamacchia gave up three runs on seven hits, walked two, struck out eight and retired the first six batters he faced.  The only real trouble he faced was in the seventh when three players crossed the plate.  The win was Lamacchia’s first of the year, bumping his record up to 1-5.

The coinciding success of the offense, defense, and the pitching has proved to be a point of difficulty for the Bobcats thus far this season, but Gooley was pleased by his team’s promising play.

“Today we just happened to put everything together,” Gooley said.  “It was great.”

All aspects of the game clicking for the Quinnipiac baseball team (4-26, 3-14 NEC) comes with great timing as this win serves as the first of a four game series against Mount St. Mary’s (11-25, 4-13 NEC).  The first pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“We’re looking to be able to turn it around and win again tomorrow,” Gooley said.  “Again, one game at a time.  One inning, one pitch at a time.”

As the sun sets on a day that Gooley and the Bobcats won’t soon forget, they know the task for the rest of the series is just to get that next win, and the skipper will cherish that one just as much as the one that propelled him to another milestone.

“They’re all special,” he said.  “Every individual game is special.”

Regardless of the meaning of each outing, Gooley can now say that 500 of those unique games shine far above the rest.

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Late comeback not enough for baseball

By Giovanni Mio, QBSN Staff Writer

After scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth on six straight walks and a wild pitch, Quinnipiac (3-26, 2-14 NEC) still didn’t have enough to beat Rhode Island (17-14), as it fell 8-6 at the QU Baseball Field Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing 8-1 entering their final half-inning, the Bobcats started to play the patient game and wait for their first strike. Fortunately, Ram freshman pitcher Brendan Doonan couldn’t find the plate, throwing 11 straight balls that resulted in three walks.  Doonan got pulled for junior Matt Young who walked two more Bobcats consecutively before being pulled for junior Mike Bradstreet.

“The game is never over,” said head coach Dan Gooley. “We used pretty much our entire bullpen, and that was what the game was decided on.”

Three of the five runs in the half-inning came from RBI walks. The other two were scored on a single from sophomore catcher Christopher Caldari (Planview, N.Y.) and a wild pitch.

Gooley will go for his 500th career win a 14th time as the Bobcats will host NEC rival Mount St. Mary’s for four games this weekend at QU Baseball Field, starting Friday at 3 p.m.

“We have solid good line pitching,” said Gooley. “We competed and battled back, and when you do those types of things, you can win on an everyday basis.”

Rhode Island took an early 5-0 lead after two innings, rocking Bobcats freshman starter Matthew Lorenzetti (Marlboro, N.J.). The next four relievers that came after Lorenzetti shut out the Rams for the next six innings.

“There were five left-handers out of nine on the card today, so it was a perfect situation for [Matt] DeRosa to come in to,” said Gooley. “The kid [Kevin] Adler struggled a little bit today, but if we played better defense, we would’ve came out of the inning only giving up one run.”

Sophomore pitcher Kevin Adler (Marietta, Ga.) pitched the ninth inning for the Bobcats and gave up two earned runs to Rhode Island.

Freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.) hit his first career home run that was the first run scored for the Bobcats in the game in the bottom of the seventh.

“He’s swung the bat pretty good well throughout the year,” said Gooley. “He’s got good power, he’s young, and is learning how to handle pitching at this level. That really is a big difference.”

Liam O’Sullivan, the Ram starter, gave up only one earned run in six and a third innings of work and recorded his third win of the season. He’s 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA this year.

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Twelve straight losses for Quinnipiac baseball

By Thomas Albanese, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac baseball team suffered its 12th straight loss to the University of Connecticut by a final score of 12-7 at the home Monday afternoon.

Quinnipiac’s offensive attack was led by Scott Donaghue (Marlboro, N.J.) who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs and Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and touched home plate once as well.

The Connecticut Huskies held an early 2-1 advantage over the Bobcats, but two homeruns by junior L.J. Mazzilli and freshman Jon Testani gave Connecticut a 5-1 lead over the Bobcats moving into the bottom of the third inning.

The Bobcats kept fighting back for the next two innings against Connecticut’s starting pitcher, Jared Dettmann. They cut the Huskie’s lead to 5-4 thanks to Zak Palmer’s (Mahway, N.J.) RBI double and a long homerun ball off the bat of Donaghue, the first of his young college career.

From there, Connecticut ran away from the Bobcats, scoring six runs in the top of the sixth inning. After three consecutive singles to open the inning, Quinnipiac’s George Dummar (Branford, Conn.) walked junior Billy Ferriter and senior Tim Martin, giving the Huskies a 7-4 lead. The big blow came from sophomore Tom Verdi who delivered a three-run double that later gave the Connecticut a strong 11-4 lead.

“We got ourselves into trouble in the sixth inning when they got two hits, and that was when we brought Dummar into the game, which was a very tough situation for him,” said head coach Dan Gooley.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nisson responded with an RBI single, which scored Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.), pulling Quinnipiac to 11-5. Connecticut came back at the Bobcats with a run in the top of the seventh inning on a RBI single to centerfield off the bat of Ferriter.  The Bobcats earned two more runs on a Mike Blumenthal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) single to bring the score to 12-7 where it would stay.

With the loss, Gooley remains stuck on career victory 499 as a manager.

The Bobcats will try to write Gooley into history again when they return to action on Tuesday, April 10 as they host the University of Rhode Island Rams in another non-conference match-up at 3 p.m.

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QU drops second game of doubleheader to FDU

By Giovanni Mio, QBSN Staff Writer

Fairleigh Dickinson senior pitcher Mike Eliasen threw eight innings of two-run ball, as the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to the Knights 11-2 in the second game of a Saturday’s doubleheader.  The Bobcats dropped the first game in a 5-3 contest.

Eliasen only gave up four hits and struck out three for the Knights (7-11, 4-4 NEC). After the win, he’s 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA this season.

“He’s a competitive kid,” said head coach Dan “Skip” Gooley. “When you get a positional player to play three games and goes eight innings plus, you got to tip your hat to the kid.”

Gooley is still looking for his 500th career win as a manager. He’ll try to get the win when the Bobcats travel to Fairfield to play against the Stags on Tuesday, March 27 at 3 p.m.

“I haven’t felt any pressure from it,” said Gooley. “I’ve been coaching since 1971. It’s always about the next pitch, next day for me…Burt Kahn once said some you win, some you lose, and some you get rained out, but you dress for them all and that’s what it’s really all about.”

Quinnipiac’s (3-15, 2-6 NEC) two runs came in the eighth inning, scored by junior Jesse Ullrich (Orange, Conn.) and freshman Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Conn.).

Sophomore pitcher Nick Fabrizio (Peabody, Mass.) started for Quinnipiac and gave up three earned runs in three innings while striking out four. He falls to 0-3 on the season with a 7.98 ERA.

“Baseball is a game of jacks,” said Gooley. “We relieve heavily on our pitching side of the house.”

Five Knights received two hits in the game, including freshman Ryan MacDonald, who leads the team with a .500 average.

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QU baseball and FDU split doubleheader

By Marty Joseph, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac baseball team split Friday’s doubleheader dropping the first game, 8-4, followed by an 11-4 win against Fairleigh Dickinson. Senior Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) drove in five runs in the second game of the afternoon, going 3-for-3 with a homerun. Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.) improved to 2-2 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits over seven innings.

The Bobcats (3-13, 2-4 NEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.), Zak Palmer (Mahwah, N.J.) and Guerino all drove in runs in the inning.

The Knights (5-11-1, 2-4 NEC) were able to tie the game up at 4-4, but Kane finished the game strong only allowing three base runners over the final four innings. With Kane silencing the bats of the Knights, the Bobcats jumped on FDU’s pitching and pulled away on the scoreboard.

Neil Mammele (Madison, Conn.) was 2-for-3 on the afternoon highlighted by an RBI triple in the third inning to drive in Guerino.

Guerino’s homerun came in the fourth inning and was the first homerun of the season for the Bobcats. The three-run homerun was followed by a sacrifice fly from Chris Calderi (Plainview, N.Y.) to put the Bobcats up 9-4.

The Bobcats added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth with RBIs from Guerino and Brian Ruditys (Brookwyn, Pa.).

Quinnipiac and Fairleigh Dickinson are right back at it tomorrow afternoon with another doubleheader. A seven-inning game will take place at 1 p.m. followed by a nine-inning game starting a half an hour after the completion of the first game at the Quinnipiac Baseball Field in Hamden, Conn.

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Pioneers outduel Bobcats steal doubleheader

By Ben Dias, QBSN Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team hosted in-state and conference rival Sacred Heart Pioneers for a doubleheader on Saturday. The Bobcats offense struggled mightily in both games and the Pioneers swept the doubleheader Saturday winning game one 4-2 and game two 2-0. With the losses the Bobcats, drop to 11-9 overall and 7-3 in NEC play while Sacred Heart improves to 11-12 overall and 4- 6 in league play.

Bobcats’ sophomore righty Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) got the start and pitched well, going 8.2 innings and surrendering two runs on eleven hits and striking out five. Sacred Heart’s sophomore right-hander Troy Scribner allowed six hits in six scoreless innings and struck out two. The Bobcats got banged out eleven hits but could not score when they had runners in scoring position.

The Pioneers got their offense rolling in the third inning when senior outfielder Steve Tedesco doubled down the left field line. Junior infielder Hunter Phillips put down a perfectly executed bunt single advancing Tedesco to third with no outs in the inning. Tedesco came home on a routine double play to score the Pioneers first run.

In the bottom of the third the Bobcats had their chance to tie the score. With runners on first and second, third baseman Joe Poletsky got a fastball out over the plate and delivered a single through the right side, loading the bases with one out in the inning. However, the Bobcats could not capitalize with the bases loaded, as senior Mike Bartlett fouled out to third base and junior catcher Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) lined out to second.

After the Pioneers grabbed another run in the fifth, the next three innings remained scoreless because of solid pitching from both starters.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Nisson laid down a sacrifice bunt, against reliever Chris Dionisio, advancing runners into scoring position. Gabe Guerino (Milford, Conn.) delivered the clutch hit needed, rifling a line drive single to right field, driving in Bartlett and Poletsky and tying the game.

Quinnipiac’s Andrew Rinaldi was tagged for two runs in the top of the tenth inning on a throwing error and a Chris Whittemore RBI single. In the bottom of the tenth, the Bobcats were retired in order by Pioneers MJ Schifano who closed the door, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings after coming in relief of Dionisio in the eighth inning.

Schifano (1-1) got the win for the Pioneers and Rinaldi (0-2) took the hard fought loss for the Bobcats. Chris Migani (Orange, Conn.) led the Bobcats with three hits, while Ben Farina and Poletsky had a solid game collecting two hits each. For the Pioneers it was leadoff hitter, Tedesco who had three hits and one run scored.

“He’s the kind of kid who puts the ball in play and uses his legs, he’s got great running ability,” Gooley said of Tedesco.

Game two’s seven-inning thriller was a pitcher’s duel between the Quinnipiac’s Kyle Birdsall and the Pioneers Nick Leiningen. Looking to avenge game one’s loss, the Bobcats got a strong performance from Birdsall, a senior right-hander who went the distance throwing a seven inning complete game gem, giving up one run on three hits and striking out two. Sacred Heart’s freshman left-hander Leiningen ousted Birdsall, throwing a complete game three-hitter, allowing two walks and striking out one batter. Birdsall and Leiningen frustrated the opposing lineups all game by keeping the hitters off balance with a mix of well-executed pitches and good command.

The first and only run of game two was scored in the top of the seventh inning when right shortstop John Murphy hit a sac fly with the bases loaded to center field. The 1-0 win gave Leiningen his second of the year and gave the Pioneers the two game sweep.

Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley commented after the game about his team’s struggles to drive in runs against the Sacred Heart pitching.

“They did a real good job of changing speeds and location,” Gooley said. “We’ve really swung the bats very good all year long, that’s the lowest amount of runs in 16 innings that we’ve had.”

The two teams complete their four-game set on Sunday afternoon with another doubleheader. The first game will be a seven-inning game at 12:00 pm, followed by a nine-inning game.

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