April 10, 2013

Underclassmen Duo Leads Softball Down the Stretch in 6-4 Win at Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team continued their stellar play down the stretch as their winning streak increased to three games after a 6-4 win over Fairfield from the Alumni Softball Field on Wednesday. With the score tied 4-4 heading into the seventh, freshman Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) knocked a go-ahead RBI single and sophomore pitcher Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) shook off the nerves and retired the final two Stag batters after runners reached second and third with one out. The Bobcats now move to 10-23 as their winning streak reaches a season-high while Fairfield falls to 15-15 on the season.

On a day in which the middle of the Quinnipiac lineup went a combined 0-for-9, the team needed other contributors to step up and they received some inspired play throughout the lineup. Sophomore Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with two runs including the go-ahead score in the seventh. She now leads the team in hitting over the past four games with a .500 batting average (7-for-14) with four runs scored two steals. Senior Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) picked up a hit, RBI, and two runs scored while senior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) led the team with two RBIs and one hit.

Freshman pitcher Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H.) started on Wednesday and pitched six solid innings to earn her first career victory. Her line included eight hits allowed and five walks but just four runs (two earned) allowed to go along with two strikeouts. Lindsley's clutch seventh innings helped her earn her second save of the season.

As has been the trend of late, the Bobcats got on the board early and often on Wednesday as they plated four runs, all with two outs, in the top of the second to take the lead. After two outs recorded by Fairfield starter Rebecca Trott, five straight Bobcats reached starting with a walk to senior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) followed by an infield single from Cyr. Kesses then singled through the left side to plate Figmic and Edmands walked to load the bases. Freshman Courtney Solt (Boyertown,Pa.) picked up a clutch two-out RBI while Salgado singled through the right side to score two more as the Bobcats went up, 4-0.

Gubellini ran into some trouble in the middle innings but did well to limit the damage as the bases were loaded twice but the Stags managed only one run in the second and third innings. Fairfield finally capitalized with a two-run double in the fourth to tie the score at 4-4.

Not much went right for either team until the seventh where the Bobcats came in with plenty of momentum after a walk-off and go-ahead single in each game of the doubleheader on Sunday against Mount St. Mary's. This time around the Bobcats manufactured the go-ahead run with a Cyr bunt single, Kesses reached on a fielder's choice and then Edmands tallied the go-ahead single. Junior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.), who entered the game for Solt in left field in the seventh, grounded out to third but allowed a run to score on the play to push across a vital insurance run.

Lindsley relieved Gubellini in the seventh and gave up a pair of walks to lead off her appearance. After a sacrifice bunt moved both over into scoring position with just one out, Lindsley picked up a well-deserved save after inducing a groundout and strikeout to close the game.

Quinnipiac has a great deal of momentum heading into a crucial NEC road weekend series as the Bobcats will first travel to Wagner on Saturday for two games followed by a trip to Sacred Heart on Sunday.

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