CLEARWATER, Fla. – The most prolific power hitter in program history, junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.), crushed mammoth home run up and out in the fourth inning to lead the Bobcats in a 10-2 loss in the program's first ever meeting against Purdue. Quinnipiac was able to push two runs across, one on Paolucci's home run and the other on an RBI single from sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.), against the Big Ten Conference power. The Bobcats' loss drops them to 2-13 on the season while the Boilermakers jump up to 10-15-1.
Facing one of the premier Universities in all of Division I, the Bobcats did well to plate two runs against a Boilermaker squad that advanced to the Big Ten Tournament a year ago, defeating Michigan State in the first round before falling to national power Nebraska, 3-2.
Quinnipiac's senior pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) wasn't aided by her defense early as a fielding error helped lead to a two-run double that put Purdue up 2-0 after the first inning.
The Bobcats had their chance to get one back in their half of the first inning with back-to-back one out singles from Solt and junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) but a strikeout and fly out to right field helped the Boilermakers maintain their advantage.
Alfiere worked her way through a scoreless second inning but the third was a different story as Purdue plated three more, followed by two in the fourth to open a 7-0 lead on the Bobcats.
Paolucci helped pull her team back in it much the same way she's done her entire career as she jacked out a solo home run, her third of the season, to put the Bobcats on the board. She is now tied for the team-lead with sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.), who each have three home runs, while she continues to supplant herself as the best power hitter in Quinnipiac history as the solo shot was the 32nd of her storied career.
Alfiere mowed down the Boilermakers with three consecutive outs in the top of the fifth inning before Solt picked up a two-out RBI single that scored junior pinch runner Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) from third base to close the gap to 7-2.
The five-run gap, however, would be the closet Quinnipiac would get to the lead as Purdue came through with a three-run, five-hit sixth inning that pushed their lead to 10-2 to close out the scoring. The Bobcats would go down one-two-three in the bottom of the sixth to end the game in six innings.
Quinnipiac will move on to play Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday night before ending their 12 game stint in Florida with a matchup against Rutgers on Sunday morning.
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