Paolucci And Duffy Named All-Tournment As NEC Softball Championship Game Is Cancelled

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Due to inclement weather, the remainder of the 2011 Northeast Conference Softball Tournament has been cancelled. The Championship game between the No. 3 seed Quinnipiac and second-seeded Sacred Heart has been cancelled after it was suspended in the fourth inning yesterday due to poor weather conditions and darkness. Sacred Heart is declared the 2011 NEC Champion and earns a NCAA Tournament bid based on its 2-0 tournament record. The Bobcats end their season at 32-26 overall. Additionally, freshman Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and junior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) were named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Paolucci, who was also named the 2011 NEC Rookie of the Year, received the All-Tournament honor after she went 5-for-9 in tournament play and scored a team-high five runs and picked up three RBI. Duffy also was selected to the All-Tournament team after batting .750 in postseason action. Duffy went 6-for-8, scored three runs and drove in a team-high four runs. She hit the game-winning home run in Quinnipiac's 4-3 win over Robert Morris.

Quinnipiac entered the 2011 NEC Softball Tournament as the No. 3 seed with a 13-7 mark in conference play. The Bobcats took on Sacred Heart in the first round of postseason action, where they lost, 4-3, and were forced to play in an elimination game against Central Connecticut State on Friday, May 13.

The Bobcats eliminated the No. 4 seed Central Connecticut State, 8-5 in their second game of the tournament. Quinnipiac third baseman Paolucci hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to give Quinnipiac the lead over the Blue Devils.

Quinnipiac then faced Robert Morris in a semifinal contest on Saturday, May 14. The Bobcats earned a spot in the 2011 Championship game after upsetting the No. 1 seed, 4-3. Down, 3-2, in the sixth inning, the Bobcats took the lead on back-to-back home runs by junior second baseman Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Duffy.

Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart battled for four innings in the Championship round on Saturday evening, but the game was suspended due to poor weather conditions and darkness. On Sunday, May 15 the game was cancelled due to heavy rain. With an undefeated 2-0 record in the 2011 NEC Tournament, Sacred Heart is crowned the 2011 Champion and earns a trip to the NCAA Regionals.