QU Softball Sweeps Home Doubleheader Against Rider, 7-5 and 3-0; Herzog Records Shutout

QU Softball Sweeps Home Doubleheader Against Rider, 7-5 and 3-0; Herzog Records Shutout

Hamden, Conn. – Freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) led the Quinnipiac softball team to a MAAC sweep against Rider, 7-5 and 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. Doing a little bit of everything, Herzog finished the day at the plate going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored while recording a save and a win on the mound for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats improved to 14-32 overall and 7-11 in conference play while the Broncs dropped to 10-32 and 4-12 on the year.

Senior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) made the start on the mound for Quinnipiac in the first game. Lindsley picked up her team-leading seventh victory of the season and her 20th all-time as a Bobcat. In six innings of work, the senior gave up 10 hits while allowing five runs – four earned – against 32 batters. Herzog replaced Lindsley in the final inning and recorded the second save of her career, giving up no hits and striking out one.

Quinnipiac tallied seven runs off nine hits and one walk in the game. Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California), Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) and Herzog all went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Johnson and Herzog each recorded an RBI in the game. The last four hitters of the lineup combined to go 7-for-12 with three RBI and seven runs scored.

After a scoreless first inning, the Bobcats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second. With one out, Magana reached first with a single through the left side. Johnson stepped into the box and scored the third baseman with a double down the right line. Herzog came up in the three spot and singled up the middle in her first at bat to advance Johnson to third. With runners on the corners, freshman Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) reached on a bunt single and Johnson scored the second Quinnipiac run. In her second at bat, Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) connected for an RBI double to deep right center for the fifth consecutive hit. The fourth run came around to score when senior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) reached first on an error by the third baseman.

The Broncs responded with two runs in the third, but Quinnipiac scored three more in the fourth and took a 7-2 advantage. After a lead off ground out, Magana recorded her second single of the game. She advanced to second on a single up the middle by Johnson. With two on, Herzog singled through the right side of the infield and both Johnson and Magana scored off a muffed throw by the second baseman.

Rider cut the lead to 7-5 in the sixth off three hits, but were unable to get anything going against Herzog in the final inning.

After closing out the seventh inning in game one, Herzog came back to the circle just 30 minutes later to start game two. The freshman notched her third win and first shutout of her career, pitching the complete game and allowing just four hits while striking out five.
The Bobcats tallied three runs off 10 hits in the game. Herzog went 2-for-2 with an RBI and sophomore Keilani Finley (Alameda, California) was also perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

After retiring three straight batters in the second, Herzog struck out the side against Rider in the third. Each Bronc went down swinging against the freshman, unable to put the ball in play. The Bobcats played small in the fourth inning to push the first runner across the plate and take a 1-0 lead. Finley led off with a single to right field and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Herzog. First baseman Molly Jarrett (Northport, New York) advanced the runner to third with a ground ball to the shortstop. Ascher stepped into the box and drove in Finley with a single to left field.

Quinnipiac tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth off three hits and two errors. Magana led off the inning with a single to left center. Freshman Emily Czaja (Palmer, Massachusetts) entered the game as a pinch runner on first base for Magana. Finley laid down a bunt and reached on an error by the second baseman, advancing to second on a bad throw and pushing Czaja to third. With two runners in scoring position, Herzog singled through the left side to score Czaja. Finley came around to score when the first baseman was unable to handle a pickoff attempt by the catcher and brought the score to 3-0.

Up next, 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.

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