Baseball Drops Season Opener 10-5 at Florida International

Magee went 3-4 with an RBI

Magee batted 3-4 with an RBI tonight.

Magee batted 3-4 with an RBI tonight.

March 10, 2005

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    The Quinnipiac baseball team was defeated by Florida International in its season-opener 10-5, despite a solid start by Pat Egan (Rocky Hill, Conn.). The Bobcats took the lead early, but could not hold off a powerful FIU offensive attack. The Bobcats fall to 0-1 on the season, while FIU improves to 14-5 with the win.

    The Bobcats struck first in the top of the first inning as Tim Binkoski (North Haven, Conn.) and Bryan Sabatella (Wading River, N.Y.) scored off walks by starter Denny Hernandez forcing him out of the game.

    The Golden Panthers cut into the Bobcat lead scoring a run in the first as Dennis Diaz crossed the plate off a Michael Lopez ground out to second base.

    The teams went scoreless until FIU scored four in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. They added two runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead.

    Quinnipiac chipped away at the Golden Panther lead scoring single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to cut the lead to 7-5 after eight and a half innings. The QU runs were scored by Sabatella, Ryan Rizzo (East Northport, N.Y.), and John Delaney (Hanson, Mass.)

    FIU iced the win as Nick Cadena hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the seventh inning. The Golden Panthers added a run in the eight for a 10-5 lead.

    Danny Hernandez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve a 10-5 win for FIU.

    Quinnipiac was led by Brien Magee (Stamford, Conn.), who went 3-4 with one RBI. Sabatella was 1-5 with two runs scored, while Wilson Matos (Larchmont, N.Y.) had two RBIs. The pitcher of record for Quinnipiac was Egan, he allowed five runs of seven hits in three innings.

    For the Golden Panthers, Dennis Diaz went 3-4 with an RBI and four runs scored. Cadena was a perfect 3-3 with a homer, a run scored and three RBI. Frank Gonzalez was the pitcher of record for FIU, he throw five and two-thirds innings in relief allowing two runs of six runs while striking out eight. FIU's head coach Danny Price captured his 1,000th win tonight.

    The Bobcats return to action on Friday, March 11 as they travel to take on South Florida, with the first pitch to be thrown at 7:00 p.m.

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