QU Softball Splits Doubleheader With Marist, Jordan Paolucci Ends Game One With Walk-off Homerun

QU Softball Splits Doubleheader With Marist, Jordan Paolucci Ends Game One With Walk-off Homerun

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team split their doubleheader with Marist on Sunday afternoon thanks to Jordan Paolucci's (Lake Mary, Florida) two-run walk-off homerun in the first game. The Bobcats took the first contest 4-2 before falling to the Red Foxes in 12 innings, 3-2. With the result, Quinnipiac goes to 5-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 10-29 overall while Marist is now at 5-7 in league play and 18-22 overall.

In the first game, Quinnipiac scored four runs off ten hits while three Bobcats recorded multi-hit games. Senior Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) led the offense going a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Leadoff hitter, Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Abby Johnson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Senior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) picked up her fifth win on the mound this season. Lindsley pitched the complete game, allowing two runs and just four hits against the Red Foxes.

Marist took a 1-0 lead in the second thanks to an infield single and a couple wild pitches. The leadoff hitter reached first on a single to shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A ground ball by the second batter pushed the runner to third. With two outs, the runner came around to score on a second Lindsley wild pitch.

The Bobcats quickly tied the score in their second at bats. Robey led off the inning with a double over the centerfielder's head. With two outs, Johnson singled up the middle and the first baseman came around to score the first Quinnipiac run.

In the third, senior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Connecticut) slapped a hit to the first baseman and was able to beat it out before anyone could cover the bag. Barba then connected for a single to right field and Cyr advanced to second. After a Bobcat strikeout, Paolucci walked to load the bases. Robey came to the plate and recorded her second hit in as many at bats with a single up the middle.

Down 2-1, Marist tied the score with a solo shot to left field in the top of the fourth. The game remained tied at 2-2 until Quinnipiac came to bat in the bottom of the last inning. After a leadoff strikeout, Barba doubled to deep center field. Lindlsey then grounded out, but Barba was able to advance to third. With two outs, Paolucci stepped up, looking for anything she could put in play to score the winning run. The senior quickly dug herself into an 0-2 count, but fouled off a couple pitches and laid off a ball outside the zone. With a 1-2 count, Paolucci connected for her first homerun of the season, a walkoff over the center field fence to end the game. 

Quinnipiac tallied eight hits in the second game, but it was not enough to hold off the Red Foxes. Paolucci went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a walk while Johnson notched her second multi-hit game of the day. The right fielder finished the day 4-for-9 with an RBI. Robey also went 4-for-9 in the doubleheader, while starting the second game in the circle for the Bobcats. The junior pitched 5.1 innings, allowing just one run off six hits and three walks.

Barba led off the first inning with her second triple of the season. After a ground out by Johnson, Paolucci recorded her third RBI of the day with a single to left field. The game remained at 1-0 until Marist was able to tie the score in the top of the sixth.

Robey walked the first batter and two consecutive ground balls put her at third with two outs. Another walk, followed by a single through the left side tied the game. With runners on first and second, freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) replaced Robey on the mound. The freshman struck out the Marist hitter on four pitches to end the threat.

Marist was able to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh with a solo homerun of Herzog. Needing a run to extend the game, freshman Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) started the inning with a leadoff double to center. After a pop out and a Barba walk, Johnson singled to right but the Marist fielder bobbled the ball and Ascher came home to score.

After four scoreless innings, Marist finally scored a third run in the top of the 12th. The Red Foxes led off with a single and stolen base to put a runner in scoring position. A sac fly to right field advanced the runner to third. With one out, the next batter hit a fly ball in between second and right field which Barba caught but was unable to get the runner tagging from third. The Bobcats went down in order in their at bats.

Next up, Quinnipiac hosts Sacred Heart University for one game on Tuesday, April 21. The teams will take the field at 3:30 p.m. in Hamden, Connecticut.