Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team defeated the University of Connecticut Huskies, 5-4, in an interstate clash on Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats improved to 15-32 on the season while UConn falls to 17-31 overall. Senior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) became the program's all-time career RBI leader with a double in the seventh inning. Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) picked up the win on the mound for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac tallied five runs off seven hits in the contest. Junior Molly Jarrett (Northport, New York) finished the day 1-for-1 at the plate with an RBI double and a walk. Robey was 1-for-4 with a homerun and two RBIs.
After a scoreless first inning, Quinnipiac took a 2-0 lead in the second off three hits. Robey led off the inning and helped her own cause with a solo shot over the left field fence. The next batter grounded out and was followed up by a single up the middle by Keilani Finley (Alameda, California). The sophomore advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score the second run on an RBI double by Jarrett.
The Huskies recorded just one hit off Robey through the first three innings, but tied the score at 2-2 with three hits in the fourth. The leadoff batter singled through the left side, but was thrown out at second on the next play when the second hitter reached on a fielder's choice. After another single to put runners on first and second, a double steal advanced both Huskies into scoring position. The third hit of the inning scored the first run and an error on the play brought home the second.
Quinnipiac responded with two more runs in the fifth to take a two-run advantage for the second time. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) led off the inning with a single through the left side. Paolucci then advanced Magana to second with a sacrifice bunt. Dani Edmands (Northborough, Massachusetts) came up and moved the runner to third by reaching on a fielder's choice. The freshman came around to score on a wild pitch and Edmands went from first to third in the process. Robey then registered her second RBI of the day, scoring Edmands with a ground ball to second base.
UConn cut the lead to 4-3 with another run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, the second batter connected for a double down the right field line and came around to score off two consecutive singles. A third straight single put Robey in a bases loaded jam with one out. The junior got the next batter to hit into a fielder's choice and Quinnipiac threw the runner out at home. The Bobcats recorded the third out on a fielder's choice to second base.
Quinnipiac tacked on another run to take a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh. Senior Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) led off the inning with her first hit of the day, a base hit to left field. Magana moved her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt to third. Paolucci then stepped into the box and doubled down the left field line to score Barba from second. The RBI was the tenth of the season for the senior and her 125th all-time, giving her sole possession of the record.
UConn scored a fourth run in their final at bats with two outs off a single and a double through the right side, but were unable to do any further damage. Robey picked up her fifth win of the season, throwing five innings and allowing three runs – two earned – and eight hits.
Up next, the Bobcats will return home for their final non-conference game. On Thursday, April 30, Quinnipiac will take on Central Connecticut from the QU Softball Field at 4 p.m.