Softball Drops NEC Doubleheader To Robert Morris

Moon Township, Pa. - The Quinnipiac University softball team lost both games of a Northeast Conference doubleheader at Robert Morris on April 30. The Bobcats fell, 11-1, in game one and were defeated, 3-2, in a 10 inning contest. The Bobcats drop to 27-24 on the year and to 11-7 in conference play, while the Colonials improve to 21-24 overall and to 11-5 in the NEC.

In game one, the Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out on the inning, the Bobcats' second baseman Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) tripled down the left-field line. After Quinnipiac shortstop Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) grounded out, freshman third baseman Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) singled up the middle to drive in Ristow.

The Colonials responded with five runs in the bottom of the first. With two outs on the inning and runners on second and third, Chelsea Siar walked to load the bases. After each runner advanced on a wild pitch, allowing Jessica Calderone to score from third base, Robert Morris' Annie Dubovec scored a run as Kayla Crooks walked. Centerfielder Jaci Timko then hit a three-run homer to increase the Colonials' lead by four runs, 5-1.

Robert Morris added three runs in both the second and third innings to increase its advantage by double-digits, 11-1. The Bobcats were unable to score any runs for the remainder of the contest, ending the game after four and a half innings of play.

Quinnipiac's Paolucci, Ristow and junior outfielder Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) each contributed a hit in the first outing. Paolucci picked up a RBI, while Ristow scored the Bobcats' only run of game one against the Colonials. Junior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) took the loss as she started the contest, facing six Robert Morris batters. In addition, freshman Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) and Emily O'Keefe (Southington, Conn.) each pitched 1.2 innings in the first match-up of the day.

In game two, the Bobcats scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. With two outs on the inning, Cabrera reached on a fielding error by the Colonials' third baseman. Ristow then doubled to left field, driving in Cabrera from first base for the 1-0 lead.

Robert Morris answered with two runs in the fifth inning as Timko and Shaw each hit a home run to increase the Colonials' lead, 2-1.

The Bobcats came back and tied the game at two runs apiece in the top of the seventh. Junior catcher Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.) launched a home run to center field with one out on the inning to keep Quinnipiac alive. The Colonials were unable to score in the bottom of the inning, so the game was forced into extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Colonials' Siar was placed on second and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Timko. Crooks then hit a 3-2 pitch to right field that scored Siar to give Robert Morris its second win of the day.

Ristow went 2-for-5 with a RBI in game two, while Heiberger went 2-for-4 and scored her second home run of the season. Junior hurler Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) took the loss as she pitched 9.1 innings for the Bobcats. Schwartzburg struck out 10 batters and allowed six hits.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays Saint Francis (Pa.) in its final NEC games of the 2011 regular season on Sunday, May 1 starting at 12 p.m. at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Field in Indiana, Pa.