Softball Drops Final Game of Florida Spring Break Tournament to Rutgers, 8-2
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CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Quinnipiac softball team was in control for a majority on Sunday's contest against Rutgers but eight unanswered runs in the final three innings for the Scarlet Knights helped them walk away 8-2 winners over the Bobcats. The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning which held up throughout the first five frames until a six-run sixth inning for Rutgers proved to be the different as Quinnipiac falls to 2-15 while the Scarlet Knights improve to 10-7 on the season.
Junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) and sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) turned in one of the best pitching outings the Bobcats had seen all season as they combined to go 6.1 innings, allowing just four hits and two runs (one earned) with two walks and five strikeouts. Lindsley was dominate in her start as she went three innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four Scarlet Knights. Robey entered in the fourth and pitched well in her 3.1 innings allowing three hits, two runs, two walks and one strikeout.
The Bobcats were led at the dish by their sophomore left fielder Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) who had herself a 2-for-4 day with one run scored and her first double of the season. Lindsley added to her impactful day on the mound with a 2-for-3 day at the plate while sophomore Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) picked up her first career multi RBI day as she drove in two runs on Sunday.
Edmands factored prominently in the first innings for the Bobcats as they were able to load the bases with sophomore Abby Johnson (hit-by-pitch), Solt (single) and junior Nikki Barba (single) all reaching base to start the inning. After two Bobcat strikeouts put Edmands at the plate with two outs and the bases still loaded, she came through with a clutch two-run single up the middle that put her team ahead 2-0 after the first inning of play.
Play stalled throughout next four innings as both sides were at their best on the mound. Rutgers added a run in the fifth inning to push the deficit to 2-1 before unleashing their six-run sixth inning that put the score well out of reach for the Bobcats.
After the Scarlet Knights tacked on another insurance run in the seventh inning to push their lead to 8-2, the Bobcats didn't go away quietly as sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and Lindsley singled to left field to put two runners on with only one out. Their late inning attempt to push back on the Rutgers' lead was then thwarted by Alyssa Landrith as she struck out a batter and then ended the game with a pop out to the shortstop.
Landrith was dominant for the Scarlet Knights as she picked up the complete game victory allowing just two runs on six hits while not walking a batter and striking out a season-high 14 in her victory. The strikeouts are the second-most for the Bobcats in a game this season while it marked the second time in three games that Quinnipiac failed to draw a walk.
Quinnipiac returns home to Hamden where they look to retool and prepare for the Towson/Monmouth Invitational held in Baltimore, Md. from March 21-23. The Bobcats will play four games over the three-day tournament with two games against host Towson and two games played against former Northeast Conference foe Wagner.
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