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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-30, 5-9 MAAC)
Iona College Gaels (12-22, 9-5 MAAC)
Rider University Broncs (10-28, 4-8 MAAC)
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.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Iona enters the weekend sitting in fourth place in the MAAC at 9-5 and 12-22 overall in 2015. The Gales are 5-3 at the Iona Softball Field and are currently riding a four-game win streak. Last time out, Iona swept the previously undefeated Manhattan Jaspers in a doubleheader in New Rochelle. The Jaspers are first in the MAAC and with a perfect conference record before falling to the Gaels, 7-6 in nine innings and 9-5. Before the Manhattan matchup, Iona was coming off a doubleheader sweep over Marist. The Gaels are batting .270 as a team and have four batters hitting over .300 on the year. Kristen Turner leads the offense at .350 with 36 hits, 10 home runs and 25 RBI. Christi Costello heads the pitching staff at 4-4 overall with a 3.16 ERA. Costello has three shutouts and six complete games in 11 starts.
SCOUTING THE BRONCS
Rider currently sits at 10-28 overall and ninth place in the MAAC with a conference record of 4-8. Last time out, the Broncs splits a non-conference home doubleheader with the Columbia Lions. After losing the first game 3-2 in eight innings, Rider won the second, 9-3. The Broncs are batting .251 as a team with two players hitting over .300. Dana Sensi leads the offense with a .405 average and 47-for-116 on the year. Sensi also ranks first on the team in nearly every offensive category including; home runs (12), doubles (11), RBI (35), runs scored (30), slugging percentage (.828) and on base percentage (.469). Rider occupies a team earned run average of 5.00, led by Delany DeMello at 3.67. DeMello is 4-7 in 15 appearances with nine complete games, one save, and 30 strikeouts.
LAST TIME OUT
On Thursday afternoon, the Bobcats swept Hartford in a non-conference doubleheader at the QU Softball Field. Dawning pink uniforms for the Strike Out Cancer Game in an effort to raise support for the American Cancer Society, Quinnipiac took down Hartford, 11-0 and 7-1.
After their four MAAC games, the Bobcats will travel to Storrs, Connecticut on Wednesday, April 29 to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies. The game is slated to begin at 4 p.m. from the Burrill Family Field.
TWO MULTI-HIT GAMES, ONE DAY
Against Hartford, Junior Abby Johnson finished the day 5-for-6 with two runs and two RBI while Molly Jarrett went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Both Bobcats recorded at least two hits in each game, with Johnson going 3-for-3 and 2-for-3 while Jarrett registered two 2-for-3 performances.
SWEEP NUMBER THREE
The Bobcats sweep against Hartford marks their third of the season after taking both games of doubleheaders against St. Peter's and Niagara.
THE GOOSE EGG
For the first time all season, the Bobcat pitching held the opposition scoreless. In the first game against Hartford, Robey picked up her fourth win after hurling four shutout innings and allowing six hits. Miranda Magana closed out the final inning to keep the Hawks off the board.
ALL-TIME RBI LEADER
In the second game against Hartford, Paolucci had a pinch-hit double to drive in her program-record tying 124th career RBI. The senior ties former Bobcat, Sarah Collins for first all-time with her ninth RBI of the season. Paolucci also has the most career homeruns with 39.
Senior Jordan Paolucci couldn't have connected for her first homerun of the season at a better time. In the first game of a doubleheader with Marist, Paolucci came to bat with two outs and a runner on during a 2-2 game in the bottom of the seventh. 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.
Freshman pitcher Casey Herzog came into the first inning of the second game against Manhattan with no outs. Herzog pitched all seven innings, allowing no runs and giving up just one hit.
COMPLETE GAME GEM
Senior starting pitcher Hannah Lindsley recorded her fifth win of the season in a 4-2 win over Marist. Lindsley pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits with six strikeouts.
WINNING IN THE CIRCLE AND HITTING AT THE PLATE
In her four wins on the year, Hannah Lindsley has at least one hit in each game. The senior is batting an impressive .615 (8-for-13) in those games which includes, 3-for-4 and 2-for-2 performances at the plate.
ONE GAME, FIVE MULTI-HIT BATTERS
In the first game against Holy Cross, five Bobcats recorded at least two hits. Keilani Finley led the offense with a 2-for-2 performance including a two-run homerun over the left field wall. Abby Johnson also went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Nikki Barba was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Starting pitcher, Hannah Lindsley was perfect at bat, finishing with two hits including a double and a run scored while freshman Miranda Magana was the fifth player to record two hits, going 2-for-3 with a solo run homerun.
Jordan Paolucci is currently riding a six game hit streak which is tied for the most of any Bobcat this season. In the second game against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Keilani Finley's six game streak came to an end. Finley connected for a two-run homerun in the first game to extend her streak to six.
RETURN OF PAOLUCCI
The preseason All-MAAC selection has been on a recent tear since rejoining the Bobcats. In 11 games, the senior is batting .438 (14-for-32) with one homerun, three doubles and eight RBI.
Against Niagara on Sunday, freshman third baseman Miranda Magana recording two hits in each game of the doubleheader. Magana finished the day 4-for7 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Senior pitcher Hannah Lindsley had an all-around day from both inside the circle and at the plate on Sunday. In the first game against the Purple Eagles, Lindsley closed out the final three innings to record the save while going 1-for-4 at the plate with a homerun. She started the second game, pitching five innings and allowing just one run off four hits. The senior also went 3-for-4 at bat in her third win of the season.
BARBA BATS .800 ON THE WEEKEND
Nikki Barba went 4-for-5 (.800) on Saturday in a double header with Monmouth. In the first game, Barba went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She recorded two runs scored and two walks in the second game with a 1-for-2 performance.
PERFECT THROUGH FOUR
Lindsley pitched four perfect innings on Wednesday, April 1 against Sacred Heart. Lindlsey retired the first 12 batters with six groundouts, two pop ups and four strikeouts.
HAVE A DAY, CYR
In a doubleheader sweep against St. Peter's, senior Brittney Cyr went 4-for-7 with two runs scored. She was 2-for-4 in the first game followed by a 2-for-3 performance in the second. Cyr was the only Bobcat to record multi-hit games in both contests.
2 DOUBLES, 2 RUNS, 2 RBI
Junior catcher Dani Edmands put up an impressive stat line in the second game against St. Peter's. Edmands finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored, and two runs batted in.
Senior Hannah Lindsley had herself a career day on the first day of the Liberty Classic. In the first game against Saint Francis, she connected for three home runs in each of her first three at bats. Against Toledo, she pitched a complete game ad earned her first win of the season by allowing just three earned runs off five hits. Lindsley finished the day 5-for-8 from the plate with three home runs, a double, 8 RBI and four runs scored.
MAAC AND ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Lindsley was named the MAAC Player of the Week and the ECAC Division I New England Player of the week for her play at the Liberty Classic. The Bobcats' senior pitcher had an incredible five-game stretch this past weekend at the tournament, batting .467 and going 7-for-15 at the plate with three home runs, 8 RBI, six runs scored and two walks. Lindsley posted an impressive 1.133 slugging percentage while adding an on base percentage of .529. She hit safely in four of the five games and recorded two multi-hit performances.
EDMANDS AND MAGANA SET CAREER MARKS
Against NC Central, junior Dani Edmands and freshman Miranda Magana each had a career-high four hits. Edmands finished the day going 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Magana was also 4-for-5 while adding three RBI and a run scored.
10 BATTERS, 20 HITS
Quinnipiac recorded a season-high 20 hits in a loss to NC Central. Ten different Bobcats combined for at least one hit while five players had multi-hit games.
MICHELE SMITH SPRING BREAK CLASSIC
At USF's spring break tournament, Quinnipiac finished 1-5 but ended on a high note with a 9-1 win over Colgate. Sydney Robeypicked up her second win with a lights out performance on the mound.
DEALING WITH ROBEY
Sydney Robey became the highlight of the USF tournament for the Bobcats. The junior recorded a 9-1 win over Colgate, pitching the complete five inning game, facing 20 batters and striking out six. Robey allowed just one run – zero earned – while giving up four hits and one walk.
THE BOBCATS AND THE MAAC PRESEASON POLL
The Quinnipiac University softball team was picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the conference office on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
PRESEASON ALL-METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
In addition, seniors Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) and Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.