April 7, 2011

Softball Falls At Fairfield, 6-1

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University softball team lost to Fairfield, 6-1, in a non-conference match-up held at the Alumni Softball Field in Fairfield, Conn. on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 19-15 on the year, while the Stags improve to 14-13.

Quinnipiac was led by freshman Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.), who went 2-for-3 and drove in the Bobcats' only run. The Bobcats' Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.), Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.), Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) each contributed a hit against the Stags, while second baseman Jacqueline Ristow scored Quinnipiac's run. Freshman pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) took her third loss of the year, as she pitched six innings for the Bobcats.

Fairfield took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kristen Filicia reached base as she was hit by a pitch. She then stole second and scored on a Quinnipiac error. The Stags scored their second run of the inning as Kristina Lingo was driven in by Alli Wigand when she grounded out to Alba.

Fairfield increased their lead by four runs in the fourth inning, as they scored two runs on two hits and one error. The Stags' Orr scored the first run, followed by Carta, who scored an unearned run after she singled and advanced to second on a Bobcats' error.

Quinnipiac scored its run in the top of the sixth to narrow the gap by three runs, 4-1. After Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) grounded out to the third baseman, Ristow was walked and advanced to second on an Alba double to left field. Paolucci then singled to left field, driving in Ristow.

Fairfield went on to score two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Kimi Kurata hit a two-run homer to left field.

Quinnipiac (19-15, 3-1 NEC) returns to action, when it plays back-to-back NEC doubleheaders against Wagner and Bryant on April 9 and April 10, respectively. The Bobcats will face the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Wagner Softball Field in Staten Island, N.Y. Quinnipiac will then take on the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday at noon at the Bryant Softball Complex in Smithfield, R.I.