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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-32, 7-11 MAAC)
University of Connecticut Huskies (17-30, 4-10 AAC)
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (28-9, 12-2 NEC)
The Quinnipiac softball team will play their final two non-conference games this week. The Bobcats will travel to Storrs, Connecticut for their last road contest on Wednesday, April 29 when they take on the UConn Huskies at Burrill Famiy Field. Quinnipiac will return home the following day to host the Central Connecticut Blue Devils on Thursday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
UConn enters Wednesday's non-conference matchup supporting a 17-30 overall record and 4-10 in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies are 3-4 in Storrs this season, but fell to Boston College, 5-0 in their last home game. This past weekend, UConn took one out of three in a series at East Carolina. Connecticut won the first game 5-2 before falling in the next two, 15-3 and 12-0. UConn is batting .237 as a team and are led by senior Emily O'Donnell at .343. O'Donnell is 46-for-134 with 31 RBI, 20 runs scored, 6 homeruns and 13 doubles. The pitching staff occupies a 6.11 team ERA and are led by senior Lauren Duggan. Duggan has a 5.70 earned run average and is 10-12 on the season with two shutouts and two saves.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
Central Connecticut will come to Hamden with a 28-9 overall record and tied atop the Northeast Conference Standings at 12-2. The Blue Devils are 10-3 on the road this season. CCSU lost just two games in the month of April, going 15-2 including an 11-game win streak that began at the end of March. On Sunday, Central split a home doubleheader with the other team tied atop the NEC, Robert Morris. The Blue Devils lost the first game 2-0, before winning the second, 3-0. CCSU is batting .267 as a team, led by senior Kat Malcolm at .341. Malcom is 42-for-123 on the year with 25 RBI, 30 runs and six homeruns. Central's dominance this year as come on the backs of their pitching staff who support a 1.48 team earned run average. Laura Messina occupies an impressive 0.85 ERA and is 24-5 in 33 appearances. Messina has 27 complete games, 15 shutouts, two saves and 245 strikeouts. The senior recently won her fourth consecutive NEC Pitcher of the Week honor and sixth of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
On Sunday afternoon, the Bobcats swept Rider in a MAAC doubleheader at the QU Softball Field. Quinnipiac took down the Broncs, 7-5 in the first game and shut them out, 3-0 in the second.
After the two mid-week non-conference games, the Bobcats will host Siena for Senior Day on Saturday, May 2. Quinnipiac will play the Saints in a MAAC doubleheader and will honor their four seniors prior to the first game which is slated to start at 12 p.m.
HOT AT HOME
Quinnipiac has won their last four games at the QU Softball Field including doubleheader sweeps over Hartford and Rider. The Bobcats improved to 8-7 at home with their most recent victories.
CAREER TOP FIVE
With her massive offensive production in her senior year, Nikki Barba has moved in the all-time career top five in several categories. She is currently fifth in runs, with 97 including 30 this season, fifth in hits with 179 and fifth in doubles with 36.
FIRST CAREER SHUTOUT
Freshman Casey Herzog notched her first career shutout and third win, pitching the complete seven innings and allowing just four hits against Rider.
In the doubleheader against Rider, senior Nikki Barba connected for her 50th hit of the season in the first game with an RBI double to right center 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.