QU Softball Falls To Sacred Heart, 1-0 on Tuesday Afternoon

QU Softball Falls To Sacred Heart, 1-0 on Tuesday Afternoon

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team dropped a non-conference game against Sacred Heart, 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon. The Bobcats were unable to score after an early run by the Pioneers. With the result, Quinnipiac drops to 10-30 on the year while Sacred Heart improves to 12-24.

Tuesday marked the second matchup between the two programs this season with the Pioneers going 2-0 with two shutouts. Sacred Heart took down the Bobcats, 6-0 in Fairfield at Pioneer Park on April 1. Senior Kacie Wentworth pitched the complete game while allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

The rematch in Hamden brought Pioneers starting pitcher Jamie Carlson to the mound this time to face the Bobcats. Carlson pitched a very similar came to Wentworth, throwing the complete game shutout, giving up just three hits and striking out ten.

Quinnipiac was out hit by Sacred Heart eight to three on the afternoon. Senior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) and freshman Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) both went 1-for-3 at the plate. Third baseman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) finished the day 1-for-1 with a walk.

Freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) started for the Bobcats in the circle, pitching four innings and giving up one unearned run and four hits. Lindsley came in to relieve Herzog and closed out the final three innings while allowing four hits.

Herzog put the Pioneers down in order in their first at bats, but Sacred Heart was able to push the ballgame's only run across the plate in the top of the second. After two consecutive outs, the third batter reached first on an infield single to third base. The next hitter singled to right center to put runners on first and second. With two outs, the following batter laid down a bunt and reached on an error when Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) was unable to handle the throw to first base. The runner from third was able to score the unearned run.

The Bobcats threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth, but a perfect throw by the left fielder ended the inning. Ascher singled up the middle to lead off the inning and pinch hitter, Dani Edmands (Northborough, Massachusetts) was hit by a pitch. Edmands leads the team in being hit by the pitcher, as she took first base for the eighth time on the season. With two runners on, Carlson got the next two Bobcats out off a foul ball and strikeout. Lindsley stepped up to bat and singled through the left side, but Ascher was thrown out at home by the left fielder's laser to the plate. Quinnipiac left six runners on base throughout the game.

Up next, Quinnipiac will host Hartford for their annual PINK game on Thursday in Hamden, Connecticut. The Bobcats will play the non-conference doubleheader at the QU Softball Field with the first game scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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