Photos of QU vs. Fairfield
HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) struck out a career-high eight batters as the Quinnipiac University softball team lost to Fairfield University, 1-0, in a non-conference matchup this afternoon. The Bobcats outhit their opponent, 8-5, in the game as their record drops to 18-19 overall on the year. With the victory, the Stags' record improves to 16-13 in the 2010 season.
Fairfield's lone run crossed the plate in the top of the first inning as the lead-off batter, Kristie Trifiolis, reached on an infield throwing error. Trifiolis stole second in the following at bat, and was advanced to third on a ground out by Kristen Bowen. Senior Meghan Borst came to the plate in the next play and hit an infield single that allowed Trifiolis to score unearned. Alba struck out the following two batters to close out the inning.
The Bobcats saw several opportunities to score, as they gained base runners in all but two innings throughout the game. The team loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs on the board looking to tie the game with Alba at the plate. Alba struck the ball up the middle, but Fairfield's shortstop scooped it up and made the throw to the second baseman just in time to end the game. Outfielders Heather Maffeo (Milton, Mass.) and Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) led the team offensively, as they each went 2-for-4 on the day.
Quinnipiac also saw some strong plays defensively as they prevented 11 Fairfield base runners from crossing the plate to extend their lead. Freshman shortstop Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) made an exceptionally impressive play in the third inning when Borst hit a line drive high over her head, but she got her glove on the ball to slow its speed and caught the deflection on the way down.
Alba allowed just four hits in her six-inning effort, and walked two. The eight strikeouts were a career high for the rookie, topping her previous mark set against Western Michigan on Mar. 6 when she fanned six batters on the day. Sophomore Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) came in for relief in the top of the seventh inning, allowing one hit and striking out one in the effort.
The Bobcats return to action this weekend when they play in back-to-back Northeast Conference doubleheaders on the road. The team will take on Monmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. start at Mount St. Mary's on Sunday.