March 18, 2013

Bobcat Offense Keeps Rolling Despite 12-5 Loss to Cornell in Last Game at City of Clearwater Spring Invitational

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Quinnipiac softball team banged out 12 more hits on Sunday against Cornell but left 10 on-base as the Big Red defeated the Bobcats, 12-5, on Sunday from the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Just one day removed from matching a program record with 16 runs against Colgate, the 12 hits on Sunday represents the fourth time the team has totaled at least 10 hits in a game over their past six contests. Quinnipiac drops to 5-17 on the season while the Big Red improve to 5-6.

Senior shortstop Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calf.) extended her hitting streak to six games as she went 2-for-4 with her third double in as many games to go along with one RBI and one run scored. Sophomore catcher Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Calf.) and senior first baseman Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) also recorded two hits against Cornell while senior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) led the team with two RBI. Junior pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) pitched well in relief as she went all seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Cornell seized control as they jumped on the Bobcats early with 10 runs in the first inning including nine off starter freshman Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.). Michiko McGivney started the onslaught with a leadoff home run. The opening home run began a series of 10 straight Big Red batters reaching base safely. Robey was pulled after facing nine batters, allowing six hits and two walks without recording an out on Sunday.

Quinnipiac was able to push across one run in the bottom of the first as Solt led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. After she advanced to second on a groundout, Alba came through with a run-scoring single down the left field line to make it a 10-1 game.

Alfiere came in the game and in large part shut down the Cornell offensive attack. Just one two-run home run allowed in the third was all the scoring the Big Red could muster once she entered the game.

In the meantime, the Bobcat offense got going in the bottom of the fifth as the team scored four runs to avoid the nine-run mercy rule and send the game the full seven innings. Alba doubled with one out and then sophomore Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) walked and Paolucci singled to load the bases. Figmic then knocked a two-run single to score Alba and Barba while senior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) and Alfiere laced two back-to-back RBI singles to close the gap to seven at 12-5.

The game ended with Cornell on top, 12-5, as the Bobcats finished up the City of Clearwater Spring Invitational with a 1-4 record.

The Bobcats will open up their home slate of games on Wednesday when the team takes on UConn at 1:00 p.m. from QU Softball Field and then faceoff against Fairfield on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu