April 14, 2005
Hamden, Conn. - The Quinnipiac baseball team used a seven-run third inning to propel it to a 17-5 win over Holy Cross on Thursday afternoon at Bobcat Field. The Crusaders fall to 10-11 overall, while Quinnipiac improves to 9-13 this season. Quinnipiac scattered 18 hits on the day and four Bobcat players had two or more RBI in the win.
Holy Cross started the game with two quick scores in the first inning after Quinnipiac starter Ryan Keefe walked the first four HC batters, helping the Crusaders to a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning Mike Schell scored on an error, giving Holy Cross a 2-0 advantage. But the Bobcats came right back to take the lead in the bottom half of the second. Back-to-back doubles by Wilson Matos and Randy Gress put one run across the plate, and one batter later, Gress scored on a fielding error, which tied things up at 2-2. Ryan Rizzo then sent a single into center field, scoring John Delaney, giving Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead.
The Bobcats exploded in the third, scoring seven runs on six hits to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Holy Cross scored two runs in the fifth to cut the lead to six, but Quinnipiac got both runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Tim Binkoski doubled to center to drive in a run and then scored on a Brien Magee single to center.
Quinnipiac put two more runs on the board in the seventh and added three scores in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Holy Cross starter Jason Lynch (0-1) lasted two and 1/3 innings after giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, including five doubles. Quinnipiac's Eric Bretscher pitched three and 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out four and allowing just three hits to record the win.
The Crusaders host Lehigh this weekend in a critical Patriot League battle. The teams will play doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday at Tivnan Field on Lake Avenue. The first game on Saturday is slated for 11:00 a.m., and the start of Sunday's contests is at noon.