QU Softball Swept in MAAC Doubleheader Against Manhattan, 6-4 and 3-2

QU Softball Swept in MAAC Doubleheader Against Manhattan, 6-4 and 3-2

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team was swept at home in a doubleheader against Manhattan, 6-4 and 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats outhit the Jaspers 15 to 10 on the day, but dropped to 4-8 in the MAAC while Manhattan improved to a league leading record of 10-0. Senior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) and freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) each had three hits on the afternoon.

Second baseman Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) was the only Bobcat to record two hits in the first game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Quinnipiac and Manhattan each tallied seven hits, but the Bobcats left eight runners on base. Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) took the loss in the first game, allowing six runs off six hits in six innings.

Manhattan's right fielder Briana Matazinksy had a career day at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two homeruns including a grand slam and all six RBI. The Jaspers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning off Matazinsky's first homerun, a two-run shot to left center.

Quinnipiac came back to tie the score in the third with two runs of their own. With one out, senior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Connecticut) singled through the left side and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Barba moved Cyr to third with a double over the right fielder's head. With two runners in scoring position, Lindsley laid down a bunt to score Cyr and push Barba to third. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) captured the second RBI with a fielder's choice that scored Barba.

After two scoreless innings by the Jaspers, Quinnipiac took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Barba connected for a single to right field on the first pitch. Lindsley's double to left field put two runners in scoring position for Paolucci. Threatened by the designated player, the Jaspers intentionally walked Paolucci to load the basses. Magana then reached on a fielder's choice, but Barba was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. Herzog came through with a single to center to score pinch runner Emily Czaja (Palmer, Massachusetts). With bases still loaded, Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) walked to bring home the second run of the inning.

Down by two, Matazinsky's grand slam to left center in the top of the sixth gave the Jaspers the lead for good.

In the second game, Quinnipiac outhit Manhattan eight to three, but left ten batters on base. Herzog went 2-for-4 in the contest while Paolucci tallied three hits in four at bats. The senior is now 11-for-24 (.458) with three doubles and five RBI in nine games on the year.

Robey started the second game, but was unable to record an out, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Herzog came in to replace the senior and faced 22 batters over seven innings while allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.

After Herzog got the Bobcats out of the first, Quinnipiac answered with one run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to two. Barba led off and reached first on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder. Herzog then singled up the middle to advance Barba to third. After a Herzog steal and a Bobcat strikeout, Keilani Finley (Alameda, California) recorded an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field.

In the sixth, Quinnipiac brought the score to 3-2 with one more run. Magana led off with a walk and reached second on a ground out. Lindlsey came in to pinch hit and scored Magana from second with a single to left field.

The Bobcats threatened in the last inning with two consecutive singles to start the inning. With no outs, the winning pitcher of the first game, Amy Bright, came in to finish the game. Bright recorded the save by retiring three straight Bobcats.

Up next, Quinnipiac will host the Marist Red Foxes at the QU Softball Field for a MAAC doubleheader on Sunday, April 19. The teams will take the field for the first game at 12 p.m.