STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Bobcat offense managed only nine hits in two games against Stony Brook as the Seawolves' pitching staff shut down the Quinnipiac softball offense on Thursday from University Field as they won 5-4 and 6-0 in a non-conference doubleheader. Sophomore Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) was the only Bobcat to record a hit in both games as the second baseman now is riding a seven-game hitting streak. Quinnipiac drops to 7-21 on the season while Stony Brook improves to 19-15.
Barba was the standout for Quinnipiac on the afternoon as she went 1-for-3 in both games with an RBI double in game one. She continues to lead the team in hitting with a .383 batting average (31-for-81) this season with a .521 average (11-for-21) throughout the seven-game hitting streak. Junior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) came through with a clutch two-out two-run double in the first game to put her team ahead 4-3 in the fourth inning.
On the bump in game one was Alfiere as she pitched a solid game going the full six innings allowing six hits and five runs with one strikeout. Her team gave her a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning but the Stony Brook offense bounced back with a clutch go-ahead single in the sixth to take a decisive 5-4 lead heading into the seventh. Sophomore Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) and freshman Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) combined to toss the six innings in game two with each allowing three runs each. Lindsley went four innings and took the loss in her start while Robey came on in relief in the fifth and stroke out three in her two innings of action.
The first game of the two game set started off promising for the Bobcats as they plated one run in the first as freshman Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) put her speed to work as she led off the inning with a single through the right side. After a pop out, Solt stole second and advanced to third on a groundout back to the mound. The extra base proved vital as she scored on a fielding error to get the Bobcats on the board first.
Stony Brook quickly responded with a three-run first inning on four hits as Nicole Haggerty plated on run with a sacrifice fly, Bria Green knocked in another with an RBI double and Jessica Zeilman slapped an RBI single to right field that make it a 3-1 game after one inning.
The first inning adversity wasn't enough to silence the Bobcat hitters as senior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) started a little two out magic with an infield single followed by a walk to senior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) and capped with an RBI double to right field from Barba to score Salgado from second. Alba tried to score from first but the throw home was in time and limited the damage for Stony Brook to just one run.
Alfiere helped her own cause in the fourth as sophomore Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) led off with a single and freshman Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) singled to put two runners on with two outs. The Bobcat pitcher took her at-bat and made the most of the opportunity with a two-run double to right center that score both runners including Jarrett all the way from first to put Quinnipiac ahead, 4-3.
The momentum however didn't stay with the Bobcats long as the Seawolves evened the score with as Jessica Combs flashed some speed with a stolen base after drawing a leadoff walk. She later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and in the bottom of the sixth the go-ahead run was scored on an RBI single from Gina Bianculli.
Christine Lucido came on to pitch for Stony Brook in the fourth and retired 10 consecutive batters to give the Bobcats no chance of coming back in this one as she struck out three in her 3.1 innings of work to pick up the victory in relief.
The second game went largely in favor of Stony Brook as they limited the Bobcats to just three hits and two walks throughout the seven innings. Lucido again came up big with four one-hit innings as she improved her record to 9-1 on the season with her second victory of the day. Allison Cukrov entered in the fifth to pick up a three inning save as she allowed just two hits while striking out four batters.
The Bobcats had an opportunity to seize control in the early going as Barba hit a leadoff bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error but then three straight outs with a runner in scoring position gave the Seawolves momentum.
They carried it into the bottom of the second where Zeilman laced an RBI double to right center and Shayla Giosia knocked a two-run double down the left field line that made it a 3-0 game in the third inning.
Stony Brook busted out with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth as they increased their lead to 6-0. The Bobcats had the bases loaded in the sixth and two runners on in the seventh but failed to convert both scoring opportunities as they left four runners on-base throughout the final two innings.
Quinnipiac must move on from the tough defeats as they have a pair of vital home NEC weekend doubleheaders coming up starting on Saturday with a matchup against LIU Brooklyn and then a showdown with Mount St. Mary's on Sunday. All games will be held at QU Softball Field with the LIU Brooklyn series starting at 1 p.m. and the Mount St. Mary's doubleheader starting at Noon.
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