Softball Falls to Manhattan in MAAC Opener, 6-1; Game Two Postponed Due to Rain

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Bobcats were stymied all afternoon, first by Manhattan's Kate Bowen and then the rain, as the Quinnipiac softball team fell to Manhattan, 6-1, on Saturday from Gaelic Park. Quinnipiac's offense could only muster four hits in a seven inning struggle against Bowen in game one to start the day and the Bobcats were leading 1-0 with the bases loaded in the fourth inning of game two, only to have play cease for the day due to heavy rainfall. The second game of the doubleheader will resume at a later date this season that is still to be determined.

As for game one, the Bobcats (3-19, 0-1 MAAC) were shut down by one of the MAAC's best all-around players in Bowen as she allowed just for Quinnipiac hits while striking out seven in her winning effort. Bowen was also a force on the offensive end as she tallied a three-hit day at the dish including two runs scored for Manhattan (7-14, 1-0 MAAC).

Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) did her best to keep Manhattan's offense at-bay as she tossed a complete game effort with six innings pitched, eight hits allowed and six runs (four earned) while striking out four and walking just two. Sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) picked up a hit, stole a base and scored the lone Bobcat run while her classmate Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) knocked her in with an RBI single in the third inning. Junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) were the only other Bobcats to pick up base hits on the day.

Despite the lopsided score, the game could very well have been had by the Bobcats in the early going as they started the first off strong with a Barba single and Robey walk to put two runners on with only one out but nothing came of the opportunity after two fielder's choice outs.

After Manhattan picked up a two-run first inning, junior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) nearly started a two-out Bobcat rally by herself as she walked and stole second base before a Bowen strikeout left the Bobcats scoreless again.

The Jaspers continued to add to their lead in the second inning as they picked up two more runs to make it a 4-0 game before Quinnipiac showed some life in the third inning. Johnson started with a leadoff single and Barba followed with a walk as the two combined to put some pressure on Manhattan. Bowen, however, proved her worth as she induced a strikeout and pop out before Edmands knocked an RBI single but Barba was gunned down at home trying to score from second base to keep Manhattan ahead, 4-1.

Both pitchers worked their way through the rest of the game without much damage before a costly error in the sixth inning for Quinnipiac led directly to two more Manhattan runs to increase their lead to 6-1. Jarrett singled with two outs in the seventh before Johnson grounded out to end the game.

Quinnipiac has a full slate of games ahead of them this coming week as they face Monmouth for a home opening doubleheader on Monday at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm before hosting Fairfield for two games on Wednesday and UConn for a non-conference tilt on Thursday.

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