QU Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Holy Cross in Home Opener on Wednesday

QU Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Holy Cross in Home Opener on Wednesday

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team split a doubleheader against Holy Cross in their home opener at the QU Softball Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats took the first game, 10-1 in five innings before dropping the second in six innings, 9-1. With the result, Quinnipiac now resides at 9-26 on the year while Holy Cross goes to 5-13.

In the opening contest, QU connected for 12 hits while five different Bobcats recorded multi-hit games. Keilani Finley (Alameda, California) led the offense with a 2-for-2 performance including a two-run homerun over the left field wall. Her homerun in the first stretched her hit streak to six games, the longest of the year for Quinnipiac. Right fielder Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) also went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Going into the second game, Johnson had five hits in her last eight at bats with three RBI. Senior Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Starting pitcher, Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) was perfect at bat, finishing with two hits including a double and a run scored. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) was the fifth player to record two hits, going 2-for-3 with a solo run homerun.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in their first at bats. Barba led off the bottom half of the first with a double to centerfield and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lindsley. After a strikeout, Finley's shot to left gave Quinnipiac the early advantage.

The Crusaders scored their only run in the third, but Quinnipiac answered with a huge seven run third inning. Lindsley led off with a double to right and four consecutive base hits gave the Bobcats a 5-1 lead. With two runners on, shortstop Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) blasted a double to right center to bring home another run. Two more runs came across the plate off a Barba single and Lindsley's second hit of the inning.

Magana's solo shot in the bottom of the fourth gave Quinnipiac their 10-1 final score. Lindsley received her fourth win of the year, pitching four innings and allowing just one run off three hits.

The second game was a much different story for the Bobcats as they were unable to continue their offensive power. Holy Cross starting pitcher Katy Watson, held Quinnipiac to just one run off six hits. The Crusaders captured just three hits in the opener, but bounced back for 10 in the second game.

Ascher had the only multi-hit game for the Bobcats in the second contest, going 2-for-2 with a double, one RBI and a walk. While Finley's hit streak ended in the second game, Paolucci tied the season-high Bobcat streak of six with a 1-for-2 performance. The senior played in only six games last year and made her season debut as a pinch hitter on April 11 against Canisius. Through seven appearances, Paolucci is 7-for-18 (.444) with two doubles and 5 RBI.

Quinnipiac's doubleheader against Hartford on Thursday has been postponed until next Thursday, April 23. The Bobcats will host four MAAC games this weekend, with doubleheaders against both Manhattan and Marist. Quinnipiac will take on the Jaspers on Saturday, April 18 with games at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Red Foxes will then come to Hamden on Sunday and take the field at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.