Bobcats drop game two, splits doubleheader with Monmouth


Photo: Liz Flynn

Kenneth Gruenfelder

The Bobcats lost in the second game of a doubleheader against the Monmouth Hawks Saturday, 8-5.

After shutting out Monmouth 5-0 in game one for its first win of the season behind good pitching and hitting, Quinnipiac looked to sweep this opening day doubleheader, but Monmouth had other plans.

The Hawks took advantage of some miscues in the field by the Bobcats and came alive offensively in the ninth inning which led to a split of the doubleheader.

Monmouth took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with Quinnipiac answering in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one.

However, in the third inning the Hawks would take back the lead, scoring three runs on a single by left fielder Jalen Jenkins and a James Harmstead two-run home run to give them a 4-1 lead.

The Bobcats made an early pitching change after Blake DeCarr was pulled after giving up three earned runs in the inning.

The Bobcats defense was poor in this game, with three errors between the third and fourth inning which the Hawks were able to capitalize on. The Bobcats ended up having a total of four errors in the game.

In the fourth inning, the Bobcats drew closer when designated hitter Sebastian Mueller drove home Evan Vulgamore and Sam Lachance on a two-run base hit to cut the deficit to one.

The Bobcats would eventually take the lead in the bottom of the fifth after a Hawks throwing error with two outs that lead to two runs scoring for the Bobcats giving them a 5-4 lead.

Quinnipiac’s bullpen was able to cancel out four errors by not allowing a hit in the middle innings.

However, Monmouth broke the 5-5 tie in the ninth inning with three runs from a sacrifice fly and a two-run double by center fielder Harry Padden to give the Hawks an 8-5 advantage.

The Bobcats did get the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but were unable to cash in, leading to their defeat and evening their record at 1-1.

After a tough loss in the second game of this doubleheader, the Bobcats will finish up this four-game conference series with another doubleheader tomorrow against the Hawks with game one starting at noon.