QU Softball Falls to Indiana State and Cleveland State in USF Under Armour Showcase Opener

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Quinnipiac softball team fell to Indiana St., 10-1, and Cleveland St, 9-0, in the first day of action at the USF Under Armour Showcase. Both losses were in five innings as the Bobcats fall to 0-7 to start the season while the Sycamores (8-6) and Vikings (9-6) each continued their impressive start to the season. 

Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) continued her torrid start to the season as she tallied one of the three Bobcat hits on the afternoon and also walked to reach base safely in her two plate appearances against Indiana St. Robey's hit was her fifth double of the season as all six of her hits through seven games this season have all gone for extra bases. She also drove in the lone Quinnipiac run throughout the two games on Friday as she now leads the Bobcats in RBI (five).

Quinnipiac and Indiana St. played an even first inning as the Bobcats allowed an unearned run, a theme throughout the day as they committed a season-worst five errors on the day, but managed to get one back in the bottom half. Sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Paige Giunta (Downington, Pa.) who was playing in her first game as a Bobcat after transferring from La Salle. With two outs in the inning, Robey came through with a clutch RBI double through the right side of the infield to knot the score at 1-1.

Indiana St. then broke the game open with eight runs in the second inning to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Lindsley came through with the remaining two Bobcat hits on the afternoon with Lindsley taking the loss on the mound.

In the second game of the day, the Bobcats were no-hit in five innings against Cleveland St. in a 9-0 loss. Johnson and sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) were the only Bobcats to reach base as they walked but Quinnipiac couldn't muster a base hit against the no-hit effort thrown by the Vikings' Sara Shields.

Quinnipiac will play two more games tomorrow against Maine and Seton Hall before wrapping up their time at the USF Under Armour Showcase with St. John's (N.Y.) on Sunday.

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