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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – After a record-setting weekend's worth of offense, the Quinnipiac softball team's hitting spree came to a halt on Thursday in a 4-0 loss to Sacred Heart from Pioneer Park. Quinnipiac's former Northeast Conference foe stymied the Bobcats all afternoon as the Sacred Heart pitching combination limited the Bobcats to just one hit in seven innings. With the loss the Bobcats fall to 8-23 on the season while Sacred Heart snaps their six-game losing streak to improve to 10-14.
Junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) was the only Quinnipiac batter to record a hit on the day as she extended her career-long and season-long hitting streak for the Bobcats to seven games. Sophomores Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.), Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) each drew a walk in the loss.
Quinnipiac's offense, which came into Monday averaging close to 10 runs and 12 hits per game over their last six, was shut down by the Sacred Heart pitching tandem of Adrianna Mallory and Jamie Carlson. The pair combined for the one-hit shutout, totaling six strikeouts in the victory for the Pioneers.
Junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) took the loss for the Bobcats on the mound as she started her first game since throwing the first no-hitter in the program's Division I history (since 1999). Lindsley had her shutout streak, lasting over the course of three games, snapped at 13.2 innings as the Pioneers' offense started up in the bottom of the third with two outs. Andrea Sidor started with a two-out single, stole second and then came around as back-to-back doubles from Jade Bowins and Annie Dreher helped build the Pioneer lead to 2-0 after three innings.
Some more two-out magic helped increase the Sacred Heart lead as Justine Sibthorp came around to score after Victoria D'Addario knocked an RBI single to center field.
An RBI groundout in the fifth inning added another insurance run for Sacred Heart as they chased Lindsley after five innings. Senior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) entered for her team-leading 20th appearance of the season and came through with three straight groundouts after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth to finish with a scoreless inning of relief work.
The Bobcats' lone threat on the offensive end came back in the second inning as Robey walked and Paolucci was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. Lindsley came through with a sacrifice bunt to move them over into scoring position but a lineout and groundout came momentum right back to the Pioneers.
Quinnipiac will look to get their bats back this weekend as they travel to Siena for a MAAC doubleheader on Saturday followed by a home two-game set against Iona on Sunday.
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