The Bobcats start the weekend off right after a game one win against Mount St. Mary’s

Brianna Trachtenberg

After having yesterday’s game postponed due to rain, The Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team took on Mount St. Mary in game one of today’s doubleheader. The Bobcats defeated The Mountaineers with a final score of 17-7. 

While the first inning didn’t see much action, Quinnipiac’s offense took off in the bottom of the second inning. 

Keegan O’Connor got the ball rolling for the Bobcats as O’Connor hit the ball out into the right field and sent Kyle Maves home to make it a 1-0 ball game. 

Then following O’Connor, McGwire Tuffy hit a double out by the wall and O’Connor returned home shortly after his at-bat to make it 2-0 Bobcats. After the Tuffy double, Braydon Seaburg stepped up to the plate and scored the first of five home runs of the day for the Bobcats to make it a 4-0 game with only one out at the bottom of the second. 

Jared Zimbardo then decided to copy Seaburg and hit a home run to send himself and Matt Tesoriero home. After the Bobcats took a 6-0 lead in the second inning, Mount St. Mary’s head coach Frank Leoni decided to pull Cooper Adams early in the game and put in Luke Pryor. This was the first of four pitching changes for the Mountaineers in game one. 

While Quinnipiac did remain silent in the third inning, Scott Seeker did hit Mount St. Mary’s first home run of the game to put them on the board and make it 6-1. 

The  Mountaineers continued off the momentum of Seeker’s home run in the fourth inning as JT Landwehr hit a double out the back of the left-center field and sent David Stirpe home. Immediately following Landwehr, Tyler Long hit a single out into the left field to bring Efrain Correa Jr. to home plate and make it a 6-3 ball game. 

After the Mountaineers had two runs in the inning, Quinnipiac head coach John Delaney decided to make his first pitcher change of the inning and pulled Mason Ulsh and put in Anthony Cubberly with the bases loaded. Cubberly was able to escape the inning without a run and Anthony Donofrio hit Quinnipiac’s third home run of the game to make it 7-3 after four innings.

The Mountaineer’s offense was now the one to quiet down and it was the Bobcats’ time to shine. Jared Zimbardo hit Quinnipiac’s third home run of the day down the left-field line. Maves also hit another single and sent Donofrio home again to make it a commanding 11-3 lead. 

In addition to Zimbardo’s home run in the fifth inning, Maves also set a new program record. During the bottom of the inning, Maves stole his 66th base of the season, making him the new sole owner of Quinnipiac’s stolen base record. 

During the sixth and seventh inning, the scoring slowed down for the Bobcats. Seaburg scored an unearned run and Sebastian Mueller hit a home run out towards left-center field, making it the Bobcat’s fifth and final home run of the day. 

Mount St. Mary’s earned its first run since the fourth inning after Tyler Long hit a double down left field and sent Stirpe to home base, making the score now 13-4. 

Quinnipiac would soon regain their ten-point lead with a double back out to the wall in the right-center field from Donofrio, sending Matt Tesoriero in. The Bobcats picked up three more runs to finish out the eighth inning. 

Mount St. Mary finished out the game with one last double from Stirpe to bring home Shane Wockle and Kramer to finish the game 17-7. 

With today’s win, the Bobcats improved to a 16–22 overall record and a 9-7 conference record. After the offense-heavy first game, Quinnipiac will finish out the doubleheader today against Mount St. Mary’s and then face them one more final time on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.