It took long enough, but senior Kyle Massie’s third hit of the game couldn’t have come at a better time.
With no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning Massie rapped Quinnipiac reliever Eric Bretscher’s 102nd pitch of the game into left field for a base hit, plating Todd Allen for the game-winning run and ending the Catamounts’ second extrainning game in as many days.
Bretscher (1-2), coming in during the seventh inning, was the fifth Bobcat pitcher to take the mound in the game, and picked up the loss. UVM’s Ethan Paquette (1-0) – the Cats’ sixth pitcher of the game – moved from first base to the pitchers’ mound in the 11th and pitched the last two innings to pick up the win.
It was a game with offense aplenty, with 23 runs coming on 36 hits – 21 for Quinnipiac, 15 for UVM.
The Cats’ hit deficit, though, was made up by Quinnipiac pitchers granting 13 walks to UVM batters. Bretscher conceded seven walks (five intentional passes) in his 4.2 innings of relief.
Vermont was led on offense by Massie (3-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI), senior Miguel Magrass (2-5, including a triple, 2 runs scored), Paquette (2-7, 2 RBI) and freshman Corey Moylan (2-4, 2 RBI).
Quinnipiac was led at the plate by John Delaney (6-7, HR, 3 RBI), Michael Marmo (4-7, HR, 2 RBI) and Blake Barone (3-4, 3RBI).
With the win – UVM’s second win against the Bobcats this year – the Catamounts move to 17-15 (4-4, mericaEast) on the season. Quinnipiac drops to 8-25 with the loss.
Vermont’s next game at Centennial field is this Wednesday against Massachusetts at 5:30 p.m.