Quinnipiac Bobcats blank Saint Peter’s Peacocks 11-0 in Senior Day shutout

Clever Streich

Less than 24 hours after earning the largest margin of victory in program history, the Quinnipiac University Bobcats celebrated Senior Day on Saturday afternoon by holding the Saint Peter’s Peacocks scoreless again in an 11-0 victory. 

The game was preceded by a presentation that honored the 2023 class of senior Bobcats as their families were in attendance to throw the ceremonial first pitches to their sons and pose for photos. 

On the mound, Kevin Seitter was given the nod on his senior day as he looked to rebound after allowing six runs in a loss to Hartford the previous Saturday. His opposition was Kyle Mahady, who entered the matchup with the goals of damage control and stability for St. Peter’s, despite holding a season record of 1-9. 

The first three innings of the game were a pitcher’s duel, a mirror opposite of the previous day’s 27-0 Quinnipiac blowout. The game was broken open in the bottom of the third as Anthony Donofrio knocked a single into shallow right field to score Jared Zimbardo from first base to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. 

The 1-0 lead would stand until the bottom of the sixth inning as Sebastian Mueller sent a solo shot home run over the left field wall to make the game 2-0 Bobcats. Mueller’s bat has stayed hot as he has homered in four straight games, and is tied for sixth in the MAAC in the stat category. 

St. Peter’s struggled at the plate as Seitter exerted control. Seitter struck out eight total batters in seven innings pitched, which tied his season high. Back at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, the Bobcats began to show shades of Friday’s dominant performance as Matt Tesoriero laid down a sacrifice bunt and created chaos to score Brayden Seaburg and Sean Swenson to increase the lead to 4-0. 

After Tersoriero’s sacrifice, Zimbardo took to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park in left-center field to make the lead 5-0. Zimbardo’s twelfth “big fly” of the year doubles his previous career high of six home runs from the 2022 campaign.  

Despite a strong start from Mahady, with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched, the wheels fell off the bus for the Peacocks’ in the bottom of the eighth as the Bobcats ran up the score by six more runs. Seaburg, Tesoriero, Donofrio, Kyle Maves, Keegan O’Connor and McGwire Tuffy recorded RBIs to give the Bobcats extra insurance in the twilight of the game.  

First-year Matt Alduino shut the game down in the top of the eighth and ninth to improve the Bobcats’ record to 23-24 overall, and 12-8 in MAAC play. 

The Bobcats have placed the MAAC on notice by taking the series over Saint Peter’s. The Bobcats outscored the Peacocks 39-0 and outhit the Jersey City visitors 36-11 for two critical conference wins en route to seeding for the MAAC tournament.  

With a second straight shutout in hand, the Bobcats look to sweep the Peacocks tomorrow in New Britain, Connecticut for a neutral site game at New Britain Stadium. The first pitch for the final meeting of the series is set for 1:00 p.m.