QU Softball Sweeps Hartford, 11-0 and 7-1; Paolucci Ties Program RBI Record

QU Softball Sweeps Hartford, 11-0 and 7-1; Paolucci Ties Program RBI Record

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University softball team swept Hartford in a non-conference doubleheader at the QU Softball Field on Thursday afternoon. Dawning pink uniforms for the Strike Out Cancer Game in an effort to raise support for the American Cancer Society, the Bobcats shutout the Hawks, 11-0, in five innings in game one. Quinnipiac defeated Hartford 7-1 in the second contest thanks to a combined three-hit effort on the mound by freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) and senior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island). Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) had a pinch-hit double to drive in her program-record tying 124th career RBI in the second game.

With the two wins, Quinnipiac improves to 12-30 overall while Hartford drops to 3-37 for the year. For the Bobcats, Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) picked up fourth win of the year after hurling five shutout innings. Lindsley picked up her sixth win, in relief, in the second game. 

The Bobcat's sweep marks their third of the season after taking both games of doubleheaders against St. Peter's and Niagara. Quinnipiac combined for a total of 19 runs off 21 hits on the day with two Bobcats recording two multi-hit games. Junior Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) finished the day 5-for-6 with two runs and two RBI while Molly Jarrett (Northport New York) went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Quinnipiac tallied 11 runs off 11 hits and six walks in the first game. Senior Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and a walk in the first game. The senior led off the first with a single to center field which was then followed by a Bobcat fly out. Facing an 0-2 count, Robey advanced Barba to third with a double down the right field line. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) scored the first run of the ballgame with a ground out to first. With Robey now on third, Johnson's infield single to second base put the Bobcats ahead 2-0.

Shortstop Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) led off the second with a walk. Brittney Cyr (Southington, Connecticut) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner into scoring position. Barba stepped up and connected for her second single of the day to put runners on the corners. After a stolen base by Barba, Lindsley singled up the middle to score both Bobcats and go up 4-0. 

Quinnipiac tacked on a fifth run in the third with the help of three consecutive singles. Magana, Johnson and Jarrett all singled to the outfield to score another run. In the fourth inning, the Hawks' pitching led to six more runs. Hartford walked four batters and hit another to begin the inning. After two runs scored, Johnson and Jarret hit back-to-back singles to push two more Bobcats across the plate. Hartford finally managed to record two outs, but Barba came to bat for the second time that inning and singled home Johnson to bring the score to 11-0.

Robey received the win, pitching the first four innings and giving up six hits before Magana came in to close out the final inning.

In the second game, Quinnipiac registered 10 hits and scored seven runs while four Bobcats tallied two hits. Junior Dani Edmands (Northborough, Massachusetts) was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI at the plate. Magana also went 2-for-4 with a double, one run and an RBI. Johnson and Jarrett each went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Jarrett also added an RBI.

The Bobcats' first run came in the second with bases loaded and two outs. A pickoff attempt by the Hartford catcher caught Ascher in a rundown and Johnson was able to score before the shortstop was tagged out. Quinnipiac jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to two consecutive extra base hits. With a runner on first, Edmands tripled to right field to score one run and Magana followed with a double to deep left center to score the second.

After the Hawks cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the fourth, Quinnipiac answered with one of their own. With runners on first and second, Paolucci entered the game as a pinch hitter. On a 1-2 count, the senior doubled to center field and scored Johnson to tie the all-time career RBI mark at 124.

In the fifth inning, the Bobcats registered four more hits and took a 7-1 lead. Edmands singled up the middle to lead off the inning, and Magana moved her to second with a bunt single. Robey came in to pinch hit and doubled home Edmands. With one out, Jarrett connected for her fourth hit of the day and another RBI. A double steal by Jarrett and Robey scored the final run of the game.

Herzog started in the circle in the second game, pitching 3.1 innings and giving up two hits and one run. Lindsley entered the game in the top of the fourth with two on and one out. She put down the first two batters and finished the game pitching 3.2 innings and allowing just one hit.

Up, next the Quinnipiac softball team will resume MAAC play this weekend with four conference games.  On Saturday, April 25 the Bobcats will travel to New Rochelle, New York for a doubleheader with the Iona Gaels. The following day, Quinnipiac will come back to Hamden to host the Rider Broncs for a doubleheader from the QU Softball Field. The first game of each series is slated to begin at 12 p.m.