Emmitsburg, Md. (March 29, 2013)—Connor Graber tossed a three-hit shutout to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 2-0 win over Quinnipiac in the second game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on campus. Quinnipiac rallied for a 3-2 win in the opening game of the twinbill.
Graber retired the final 11 batters, including striking out the side in the top of the seventh, en route to the three-hit shutout. He struck out nine in the game while walking two batters.
The Mount (6-15, 2-5 NEC) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jay Knight walked to open the frame, moved to second on a groundout, and came around to score on Sam Nott's two-out single to right field.
Quinnipiac (8-10, 3-4 NEC) had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Chris Migani walked and Scott Donaghue singled, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Graber was able to get out of the jam when he struck out Nic Civale and got Zak Palmer to ground into a double play.
The Mountaineers got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Zach Smith down the right field line to open the inning, moved to third on a Knight sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Zane Bard sacrifice fly.
In the opening game, Quinnipiac scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally for the 3-2 victory. The Mount took the lead in the bottom of the second when Nick Walker doubled to right center field to plate Mark Quaranta, who singled earlier in the inning. The Mountaineers added an unearned run in the third when Bard reached on an error, moved to third on a Tom Healy base hit, and scored on a Nott groundout.
Quinnipiac got a run back in the top of the fourth on a Civale sacrifice fly before scoring twice in the sixth to take the lead. In the sixth, Vincent Guglietti and Migani each singled to put runners on first and second with one out to chase Mount starter Jordan Lawson. Kevin Myers came on in relief for the Mount, and was greeted by a Donaghue single through the right side that evened the score at 2-2. Civale then lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Migani with the go-ahead run.
The Mount threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Healy was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on a groundout, and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Quaranta walked to put runners on the corners, but Quinnipiac's Gary Binkiewicz got a strikeout to end the game.
Quaranta and Walker each went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Mount in the opening game. Lawson took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. Myers did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of relief.
Palladino went 2-for-3 for Quinnipiac in the win while starting pitcher Spencer Kane struck out six while allowing one earned run in six innings.
The teams will complete the four-game series tomorrow with a nine-inning game that starts at noon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium on campus.