March 11, 2014

Quinnipiac Softball Swept in Non-Conference Doubleheader by Boston Univ. and Penn

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Quinnipiac University softball team couldn't muster much offense in a pair of non-conference losses to Boston University, 9-1, and Penn, 10-1, with both games ending in five innings. The Bobcat offense was held in check throughout the 10 innings of play as they totaled just five hits in two games to help lead to the sweep. Quinnipiac's two losses drop them to 1-11 while Boston University improved to 7-8 and Penn jumped up to 2-4 on the season.

Sophomore first baseman Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) was the only Bobcat to reach base safely in both games as she walked twice and scored the lone run against Boston Univ. and then walked once against Penn to reach base in three of her six plate appearances on the day. Robey continues to lead the team in every offensive category including batting average (.345), on-base percentage (.472) and slugging percentage (.724) as well as runs (7), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBI (6), walks (6) and stolen bases (2).

Robey was one of the few bright spot as the Bobcats dropped game one of the non-conference double header, 9-1, to Boston University. The Terriers struck first early and often as they tallied six runs in the second inning and added two more in the third to make it an 8-0 game heading into the bottom of the third.

Quinnipiac was able to get on the board for their only run of the game in the third as Robey walked with one out and then advanced to second as junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) also worked a walk. With two runners on, junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) came through with an RBI single up the middle that scored Robey from second base. The run driven in for Lindsley was her first of the season.

The Terriers, however, were too much for the Bobcats as they allowed just one Bobcat to reach in the final seven at-bats of the game in what ended in a 9-1 loss for Quinnipiac in five innings.  

The second game of the doubleheader was very much a tight game through the better part of four innings before the Quakers exploded for an eight run fifth inning, all of which were scored with two outs, to take control and finish off a 10-1 victory.

Lindsley got the start for the Bobcats and put forth a valiant effort, limiting the Penn offense to just two runs through the first four innings of play. Quinnipiac's offense also had some opportunities early as sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Robey were on third and second, respectively, with just one out in the first but the Bobcats couldn't take advantage and left both on-base to end the first inning.

Once again in the second, senior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) reached with a walk and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with one out but with two consecutive outs to end the inning, the opportunity went unconverted.

Penn broke the game open with an eight run fifth inning as they chased Lindsley, who left with six runs charged in 4.2 innings, and then got to Alfiere for four runs before she could record an out to end the inning. In all, 11 straight Quakers reached base with two outs in the fourth, including 10 straight who notched a base hit.

The Bobcats were able to put up one run to prevent the shutout in the bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) and Johnson picked up back-to-back singles with one out to set the stage for junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) who came through with a sacrifice fly to put a run on the board for Quinnipiac to end the game in a 10-1 loss in five innings.

Quinnipiac looks to regroup in time for Friday's doubleheader against former Northeast Conference opponent Wagner and Florida A&M as the Bobcats will be starting play from the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament from the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex.

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