Bobcats lose to Indiana State, fall to 0-2 to start regular season


Connor Gorman

Quinnipiac baseball has now lost two games in a row at the 2023 Snowbird Classic.

Zack Hochberg, Staff Writer

Following a disappointing opening game loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Quinnipiac baseball team allowed an explosive seventh inning from Indiana State en route to a 6-1 loss Saturday.

Both pitchers were cruising early, as both Quinnipiac graduate student pitcher Tim Blaisdell and Indiana State junior pitcher Zach Davidson each went 1-2-3 in the first inning. 

In the second, both squads were able to get a base runner on board, but weren’t able to muster anything past that.

The two sides remained scoreless through four innings before Indiana State broke through. 

Redshirt junior infielder Josue Urdaneta singled to center, bringing in redshirt senior outfield Seth Gergely to open up the scoring for a 1-0 Sycamores lead.

The two offenses continued to stagnate, until the Sycamores’ offense exploded in the seventh inning. 

With runners on first and third, Quinnipiac freshman pitcher Matt Alduino threw a pitch that freshman catcher Christian Smith couldn’t handle. This allowed the runner on third to come home, giving Indiana State a two-run advantage in the process.

The damage didn’t stop there. Urdaneta, who advanced to second on the passed ball, came home to make it 3-0 on a fielder’s choice bunt from junior infielder Jackson Taylor. 

Quinnipiac head coach John Delaney had seen enough of Alduino after that, pulling the freshman in favor of senior pitcher Sam Favieri.

Favieri wasn’t much better. Despite entering the game in a tough situation with runners on base and the Bobcats already down three, Favieri struggled with his control, beaming graduate student infielder Miguel Rivera with a pitch, bringing Taylor in from third since the bases were loaded.

The senior continued to struggle with his control, walking in another run moments later to make it 5-0. 

If one hit batter was bad, two isn’t great either. Favieri completely lost control of a pitch with the bases still loaded. The second hit batter of the inning brought in the Sycamores’ fifth run of the inning to take a 6-0 lead. 

The Bobcats got one run back in the ninth after graduate student third baseman Kyle Maves opened up the inning with a leadoff triple. Senior outfielder Anthony Donofrio brought Maves home on a sac-fly to give the Bobcats their first and only run of the game. 

Quinnipiac couldn’t get much else going after that, ultimately falling to Indiana State 6-1. 

The Bobcats are back in action Sunday morning for a rematch against Iowa at 10 a.m.