CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Quinnipiac softball team split their doubleheader at the City of Clearwater Spring Invitational but did so in spectacular fashion. The Bobcats tied a program record with 16 runs to beat Colgate, 16-7, in five innings including a program record 12 runs in the third inning alone. Sophomore Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) banged her second grand slam in the past week to highlight the victory while every Quinnipiac starter finished with at least one base hit. Quinnipiac fell in the second game of the doubleheader to Dartmouth, 3-0, as the Bobcats' record moves to 5-16 on the season.
Quinnipiac's 16 runs scored against Colgate ties a program record as the Bobcats hadn't scored that many runs in a game since March 3, 2006 when they beat Coppin St., 16-0. The Bobcats also scored 16 runs back in 2001 against St. Francis (Pa.) in a 16-4 victory. Another footnote from today's game against Colgate is that the team was trailing Colgate, 7-1, entering the third inning where they plated a program record 12 runs in the frame, 11 of which came with two outs.
Statistics are still unavailable for the game against Dartmouth but freshman outfielder Courtney Solt extended her hitting streak to seven games with yet another three-hit outing. It is her fifth of the season, third in six games, and now gives her a ridiculous .577 batting average (15-for-26) over the past seven games. Paolucci's grand slam is her second of the week as she also notched one against South Florida on Tuesday. Her season total now stands at five home runs while her career total moves to 20 which places her in sole possession of second place in the Quinnipiac record books.
Among the players with two hits against the Raiders the list includes sophomore Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.), senior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.), senior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.), senior Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) and freshman Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.). Paolucci and Alba combined for seven RBI while Figmic and Edmands each chipped in a pair.
Freshman Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) pitched marvelously for the Bobcats as she threw 3.1 perfect relief innings to pick up her second career victory. Robey also posted a career high five strikeouts while allowing no baserunners in her 3.1 innings.
Oddly enough for the Bobcats, their game against the Raiders began with Colgate jumping out to a commanding six-run lead. Solt doubled in the top of the first and later scored on a wild pitch to put the Bobcats on the board first but Colgate quickly bounced back with five runs in the bottom half including a two-run homer from Natalie Siedhof and added another two-run home run this time from Emmie Dolfi in the second to put the Raiders ahead, 7-1.
The incredible Bobcat rally began with a leadoff groundout before an Edmands walk, Solt bunt single and Cyr infield single to load the bases for Alba. She reached on a fielding error from the first baseman to score Edmands from third. After a strikeout, the stage was set for an 11-run scoring spree that made some program history on Saturday.
The Bobcats were just two games removed from scoring seven two out runs in the sixth inning against UT-Chattanooga to rally back and beat the Mocs. This time around the two out rally began with Paolucci's monster grand slam as the Bobcat rally was well underway.
Figmic then singled and Kesses also singled to third base to keep the inning alive. Each runner advanced a base before senior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) started a streak of three straight RBI singles with a knock to second base that scored Figmic. Edmands and Solt both followed with a run-scoring single to push the Bobcats into the lead at 8-7. Cyr kept the inning going with an infield single to load the bases for Alba who cleared the bases with a three-run double. Sophomore Nikki Barba (San Deigo, Calif.) then closed out the scoring with another double to score Alba and finish off the inning with the Bobcats ahead, 13-7.
Quinnipiac pushed another run across in the fourth as Edmands posted her second RBI single in as many innings to score Kesses from second.
Robey continued to mow down Raider hitters as the Bobcats scored once again in the fifth on a two-run single from Figmic with the bases loaded to score both Barba and freshman Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.). Robey closed out the game with another one-two-three inning in the bottom of the fifth as the game ended due to a nine-run Quinnipiac lead at 16-7.
The final game of the City of Clearwater Spring Invitational for the Bobcats is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. against Cornell.
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