April 10, 2011
Softball Splits Doubleheader With Wagner
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University softball team
(20-16, 4-2 NEC) split a Northeast Conference doubleheader at
Wagner College (3-21, 1-7 NEC) on Saturday, April 9. In the first
match-up, the Bobcats lost, 4-3, in a game that lasted 15 innings.
Quinnipiac beat the Seahawks, 11-1, in six innings in the second
contest of the day.
The Bobcats' Jordan
Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Mina
Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) each went 4-for-9, while Paolucci
scored four runs and picked up a RBI. Duffy also scored two runs
for the Bobcats. Sophomore Alex
Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) went 4-for-10 and scored three runs on
the day, while senior Kim
Brzezinski went 3-for-6, drove in two runs and scored a run in
the NEC doubleheader.
In the first outing, the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the
second. Paolucci led off with her seventh home run of the season,
to center field. Later in the inning, junior Quinnipiac pitcher
Duffy singled up the middle and advanced to third on a Kim
Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) single to right center. Duffy
went on to score the second run of the inning when outfielder Lauren
Salgado (Covina, Calif.) reached on a Wagner error.
Wagner narrowed the gap by one run, 2-1, in the fifth inning as
Laura Hennig scored. The Seahawks came back and tied the Bobcats in
the sixth when Amanda Garcia doubled to center field, driving in
Rauscher. Neither Quinnipiac nor Wagner could score in the seventh
and the game was forced into extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Quinnipiac's Salgado was placed
on second and advanced to third on a Christy
Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) sacrifice bunt. Salgado then scored when
second baseman Jacqueline
Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) reached on an error by the
Seahawks. Wagner answered with a run in the bottom of the
10th when Brittany Huss scored on a wild pitch.
Both teams continued to battle, but it would be Wagner's Hennig
who would score the game-winning run in the bottom of the
15th inning to take the 4-3 victory over the Bobcats.
Schwartzburg took the loss after entering the game in the
seventh. Schwartzburg struck out 17 batters across 7.2 innings. Mina
Duffy pitched 4.2 innings, striking out five batters, while Katie
Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) pitched 1.2 innings.
In the second game of the NEC twinbill, Quinnipiac scored three
runs in the top of the first. Quinnipiac's Alex
Murray (Milford, Mass.) was walked and advanced to second on an
Alba single up the middle. Both advanced as Paolucci singled. Each
Bobcat advanced and Murray scored an unearned run when Wagner's
centerfielder made an error. Brzezinski walked, followed by a
Figmic single down the left-field line, driving in Alba. Senior Joelle
Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) drove in Paolucci for the last run
of the inning as she was walked.
The Bobcats increased their lead by six runs, 6-0, as the team
scored another three runs in the second inning. Alba drove in
Murray, who reached on a fielder's choice, as she doubled to left
field. Duffy then singled to left field, advancing Alba to third.
Both players advanced and Alba scored on a passed ball. After,
Brzezinski doubled down the left field line, driving in Duffy for
the sixth Quinnipiac run of the game.
After Jacobsen popped up to Wagner's shortstop, to lead off the
third inning, Salgado reached on an error by Wagner's third baseman
and advanced as she stole second. Salgado went on to score
Quinnipiac's seventh run when Cabrera reached on a Seahawks error.
The scoreboard read, 8-0, after the fourth inning when the Bobcats'
Paolucci singled to right field and eventually scored as Julie
Sini was called out at first base.
In the bottom of the fifth, Wagner scored their only run of the
game by freshman Ashley Rollins. Quinnipiac came back and added
three runs in the sixth inning. Alba led off with a double to left
field and advanced to third after Paolucci reached on an error and
on a Sini sacrifice bunt. Alba scored the next run when Brzezinski
singled through the left side. Brzezinski then stole second and
Paolucci stole home. Figmic doubled to left field driving in
Brzezinski for the Bobcats' final run of the game.
Quinnipiac's Alfiere earned her third win of the year as she
pitched six innings. Alfiere struck out three batters and only
allowed three hits and one run.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays the Bryant Bulldogs on
Sunday, April 10 at noon at the Bryant Softball Complex in