CLEARWATER, Fla. – Quinnipiac softball dropped their final three games at the USF Under Armour Invitational as they fell to Georgia State 10-2 (six innings), Western Michigan 13-1 (five innings) and Florida Atlantic 15-4 (five innings) at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. The Bobcats' three losses drop them to 0-5 to start the 2014 season.
Junior catcher Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) each went deep for their 28th and 1st career home runs, respectively. Paolucci's home run against Florida Atlantic on Sunday was a grand slam, the fourth of her career, and also the most in the career of any Bobcat in program history. Her grand slam also gave her 84 RBI for her career, which moves her up from 9th all the way to 6th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. The 28 home runs is also just one shy of matching Sarah Collins' career program record of 29.
Robey, meanwhile, continues to pace the Bobcat offense as she went deep for the first time in her career on Saturday against Georgia St. to knock in Quinnipiac's only two runs on the day. She also walked to reach base safely in two-of-three plate appearances against the Panthers. Robey followed that up with an RBI double in the nightcap on Saturday against Western Mich. as she again drove in the only Bobcat run of the evening. Through five games in 2014, Robey leads the Bobcat offense with a .385 batting average (5-for-13) as all five of her hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one home run). Robey also leads the team with three runs, four RBI and two walks, all of which after recording just six at-bats her entire freshman season.
Quinnipiac's weekend started with a 10-2 loss to Georgia State in a game that saw the Bobcats commit five errors in the field. After going down four runs through two innings of play, Quinnipiac showed some life with two runs in the top of the fourth as junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) bunt singled and then Robey smashed a two-run home run to left field that made it a 4-2 game. The Panthers, however, would strike back with a run in the fourth, three more in the fifth and sealed the victory with two runs in the sixth.
The Bobcats once again played to an early lead in their game on Saturday against Western Michigan as sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) singled down the left field line and then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error from the catcher. With the Bobcats' offensive leader Robey at the dish, she once again came through with an RBI ground-rule double to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead after the first inning. That early lead was short-lived though as the Broncos tallied 13 unanswered runs including a combined 10 in the fourth and fifth innings to walk away with the 13-1 victory.
The final game of the weekend featured the Bobcats against the Owls of Fla. Atlantic on Sunday and once again Quinnipiac jumped out with some early runs but couldn't withstand damage in the later innings, eventually falling by a score of 15-4. After allowing four runs in the top of the first, the Bobcats bounced back with four of their own in the bottom half. Solt led off with a single up the middle, sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) followed with a double to left center that put two runners on. Barba walked and after two force outs at home, Paolucci skied a fly ball to right center that made it over the fence and out for her first home run of the season, 28th of her career and 4th grand slam of her career. Despite the offensive surge, Quinnipiac allowed eight runs in the second and three more in the next two innings as they ultimately fell by the 11-run deficit.
Quinnipiac will look to regroup and prepare for next weekend as they will head back down to Clearwater and the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex for five games at the USF Under Armour Showcase.
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