Softball Splits With NEC Foe LIU Brooklyn

Senior Mina Duffy

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac University softball team split with LIU Brooklyn in a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats dropped the first game, 5-4, but rallied in the second outing of the day and won, 13-4. Quinnipiac now stands at 17-10 on the year and 5-3 in NEC play, while the Blackbirds become 12-30 overall and 4-4 in the league.

Quinnipiac freshman Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) led the Bobcats as she went 4-for-8 with three RBI and two runs scored on the afternoon. Senior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) also contributed three RBI, went 3-for-8 while scoring three runs. Overall, the Bobcats outhit the Blackbirds, 18-13, while going 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

In the first outing, Quinnipiac senior Christy Cabrera (West Sacramento, Calif.) took her fifth loss of the season after facing eight batters and allowing four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) started and pitched 5 and 2/3 innings for the Bobcats, scattering six hits as she saw 25 batters. LIU's Cassie Vondrak earned the win as she pitched a complete game, allowing six QU hits.

After three scoreless innings, the Bobcats went ahead, 4-0, in the top of the fourth. With a man on first and third, Duffy doubled to center field, driving in Cabrera from third base. Barba then singled through the left side, bringing in junior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.). After Barba stole second, Duffy crossed home plate when Alfiere hit another QU single. Barba also advanced to third base on the single and scored the Bobcats' fourth run as senior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) grounded out.

LIU Brooklyn narrowed the gap, 4-1, in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs on the inning, Emily Kakuska hit a ground-rule double, scoring Nichole Toven from third base. LIU then came back and clinched a 5-4 victory in the bottom of the seventh as the Blackbirds scored four runs on three hits and three QU errors.

In the next contest, Quinnipiac senior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) improved to 10-3 on the year as she struck out six batters in seven innings. Sarah Reynolds received the loss as she let up a total of eight runs in one inning for the Blackbirds.

Quinnipiac took an early 6-0 lead in the top of the first. Cabrera led off the inning with a single and scored as Ristow reached on a LIU throwing error. Ristow circled the bases as Alba launched her second home run of the 2012 season. Duffy and Barba each singled before LIU's Megan Sheaf entered the game in relief for Reynolds. After Sheaf retired the next two QU batters, Heiberger was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Duffy tallied another run for the Bobcats on a wild pitch.  Heiberger and Barba each added a run to the scoreboard when junior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) singled to right field.  In the next inning, the Bobcats increased their advantage, 7-0, as Barba drove in Alba on a double to left center.

The Blackbirds came within five runs of the Bobcats, 7-2, when they added unearned runs in the third and fourth innings. Quinnipiac managed to stay in front of LIU when Duffy hit a two-run home run, also bringing in Ristow from second base, in the top of the sixth. LIU Brooklyn's Archer responded with her own two-run homer to lessen the deficit, 9-4.

In the top of the seventh, Figmic, freshman Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.), Salgado and Cabrera each chipped in a run for the Bobcats, widening their advantage, 13-4. With the bases loaded, Cabrera singled through the right side, driving in Figmic from third base. Reynolds walked the next two QU batters, allowing the Bobcats to add two runs to the scoreboard. Cabrera would score the team's final run as Barba grounded out. The Blackbirds were unable to score in the bottom of the inning as Schwartzburg retired three consecutive batters with the bases loaded.

The Bobcats return to action when they play a pair of NEC games at Central Connecticut State on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu