April 2, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Quinnipiac baseball team took advantage of seven walks by Sacred Heart pitchers and four errors to score eight runs in the final three innings and defeat the Pioneers 8-2 to earn a split in a Northeast Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon.
Through the first four innings SHU starter Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT) had limited the visiting Bobcats to just two hits. Ben Farina led off the fifth for Quinnipiac by reaching on an error. He was sacrificed to second and scored on a double by Mickey Amanti. Amanti then scored on a pinch-hit single by Kyle Nisson. Ryan Ullrich followed with another single and Nisson scored when the throw back to the infield got away from catcher Heppner. Corcoran retired the next batter but was lifted in favor of sophomore Chris Dionisio. Dinisio struck out the first man he faced on three pitches, but the Bobcats had taken a 3-1 lead on two unearned runs.
Dionisio walked the first two men he faced in the fifth and then threw the ball away fielding a bunt hit by Farina, allowing the run to score. Gabe Guerino tried to bunt the runners over but popped back to Dinisio on the mound. He whirled trying to pick the runner off who had wandered off first but threw the ball into center, putting runners on the corner. Amanti was next and lined a sacrifice fly to left to give the Bobcats a 5-1 lead.
The Pioneers, now 9-12 overall and 2-1 in conference play, got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff solo homer by Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT), his first collegiate round tripper. After Quinnipiac started Kyle Birdsall retired the next two hitters, John Murphy doubled and Heppner walked to put two on. Rob Griffith came up representing the tying run but Birdsall struck him out on a 2-2 pitch.
The Bobcats put the game away in the top of the seventh when SHU reliever Mike Korevec walked three straight batters, then a fourth with one out to force home a run. Bobby Shepherd (Groton, CT) came out of the bullpen and walked the first man he saw for another QU run, and Guerino plated a third with an infield single off Shepherd.
The two teams will square off for the final time in the series Sunday morning at 10 am.