Zimbardo and Maves back Seitter’s complete game in Bobcats win over Mountaineers

Zachary Naffah

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac Bobcats defeated the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers Sunday afternoon by a score of 10-2, taking the rubber match of the three-game set this weekend. The Bobcats are now 10-8 in MAAC play this season and 17-23 overall.

Braydon Seaburg and Jared Zimbardo continued swinging hot bats, both producing multi-hit games. They kicked off the scoring for the Bobcats in the third inning when Seaburg roped a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw from starter Jeff Davis. Two batters later, Zimbardo delivered his third homer of the weekend, a two-run shot to put Quinnipiac up 2-0. In the following inning with the bases loaded, Zimbardo produced two more RBIs, plating Sean Swenson and Seaburg with a base hit up the middle.

The Bobcats would once again load the bases after Sebastian Mueller was hit by a pitch. Kyle Maves, who came into the game with six hits in his last ten at-bats, ripped a triple down the right-field line to unload them bringing the score to 7-0. Maves ended the day with four RBIs and a stolen base, adding to his program record for steals.

That would be all the scoring Quinnipiac needed, as Kevin Seitter threw his second complete game of the season and allowed only two runs on five hits while striking out eight. Seitter from the start fired 27 out of 34 possible first-pitch strikes. Seitter held the Mountaineers scoreless until the fifth inning when third basemn David Stirpe took an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall to get the Mountaineers on the board.

Seitter was backed by a strong defense as well with Matt Tesoriero and McGwire Tuffy making multiple tough plays at third and short respectively. 

“Anytime the ball is put in play, I’m 100% confident my boys are gonna go and get it,” claimed Seitter after the game. Seitter himself made a diving catch on a pop-up bunt.

In the eighth inning, Mount St. Mary’s designated hitter, Scott Seeker sent a ball over the fence that just glanced off the glove of Zimbardo to bring the score to 7-2, but that was as close as the score would get as Quinnipiac would bring in three more in the bottom half of the inning.

Quinnipiac has now scored six or more runs in 11 straight games. Zimbardo believes the key to their offensive success has been simplifying their approach. 

“The key is just… not being too picky with the pitches that we’re getting,” Zimbardo said. “Understanding what we can do with the pitches and being able to be on time for the fastballs so we can react if they come with offspeed.”

The Bobcats will look to keep up the momentum at home Wednesday, May. 3, at 3:00 p.m. when they face the UMass Minutemen in a non-conference contest.