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EDISON, N.J. – After one of the most impressive offensive displays in the history of Quinnipiac softball last weekend, junior catcher/infielder Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) took home MAAC Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office on Tuesday, April 8. With multiple postseason accolades to her name, including an NFCA All-Region Team selection at the end of last season, this week marks Paolucci's first career Player of the Week award. Coupled with Courtney Solt's Player of the Week honor from two weeks ago, Quinnipiac now sits behind only Iona (three) for the most Player of the Week award winners in the 2014 season.
The Bobcats' all-time home run leader spearheaded an incredible week for the Quinnipiac offense that averaged over 8 runs per game and close to 10 hits in seven games last week for a Bobcat squad that rattled off three straight wins to have a 4-3 winning record. Paolucci raked .565 (13-for-23) in seven games with nine runs, two doubles, two walks, three home runs and 12 RBI. She picked up three three-hit games and scored two runs in four games throughout the week.
Paolucci started the week off strong with a 3-for-4 day against Fairfield with one double and one run scored. She followed that up with two runs scored and a single in the Bobcats' dramatic come-from-behind 11-10 win over UConn. As for the four conference games in the weekend, Paolucci was locked in as she compiled all 12 of her RBI in four games against St. Peter's and Rider as well as three straight games with home runs to end the week.
Her run started with a 3-for-4 day with one double and three RBI in game one against the Peacocks. Her third RBI of that game represented the 100th of her career, becoming just the third Bobcat to reach that feat. She continued with a perfect 3-for-3 day with a single-game program record six RBI to go along with two runs and one homer. That home run against St. Peter's was the fifth grand slam of her career, the most ever for any Quinnipiac player. The three hits in game two also helped add up to the Bobcats' total of 20 against St. Peter's, breaking the single-game all-time record in the program's 37-year history. Her weekend ended with a combined 3-for-6 effort against Rider with four runs scored, three RBI, two walks and one home run in each game of the doubleheader.
Paolucci and the Bobcats will be back in action on Thursday, April 10 in a road non-conference duel with Sacred Heart before another weekend full of MAAC doubleheaders as Quinnipiac will travel to Siena on Saturday and then host Iona on Sunday.
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