Hamden, Conn. – In their final non-conference game of the season, the Quinnipiac softball team defeated Central Connecticut, 2-1 at the QU Softball Field. Senior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) bested her opposition on the mound, allowing just one run off six hits in five and two-third innings of work. With the result, the Bobcats have now won their last four games and improve to 15-32 while the Blue Devils drop to 28-10 on the year.
The contest featured a pitchers' duel between two senior aces and did not disappoint. Laura Messina entered the game as the best pitcher in the Northeast Conference, supporting a 24-5 record and a 0.85 earned run average. Lindsley now leads the Bobcats with eight wins including three victories in her last four appearances.
Messina held the Bobcats to just four hits and struck out nine batters, but Quinnipiac was able to capitalize with runners on base. Senior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Connecticut) finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate with one run scored. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Both sides were unable to record a hit through two innings until CCSU led off with a single in the top of the third. After Lindsley quickly retired the next three batters, Quinnipiac took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Ascher connected for the first Bobcat hit, a line-drive double to left center field. Cyr stepped up and reached on an infield single to third base, before an error allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. After Messina struck out the next batter, Magana came to the box with two outs and two runners on base. The freshman smashed a double to deep left field, giving Quinnipiac a two run lead.
The Blue Devils threatened in the top of the fourth with a two-out single up the middle. Lindsley hit the next batter and both runners advanced off a wild pitch. With two on, the senior got the next hitter to pop out to shortstop.
After allowing two runs off three hits, Messina settled down and struck out the side in the fourth. The Central pitcher let up just one hit after the third inning.
CCSU got to Lindsley in the sixth, scoring one run off three hits and an error. The Blue Devils led off with a single, but the runner advanced to third on a misplayed ball in centerfield by Cyr. Quinnipiac recorded an out on the next batter with a pop up to shortstop, but Central put runners on the corners when the third hitter of the inning singled to the pitcher. With two on, CCSU executed a squeeze bunt to score the runner from third. After getting the next batter out on a fielder's choice, freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) came in to replace Lindsley on the mound. Herzog faced just one batter, registering the third out on a pop out to the catcher.
Central Connecticut was able to get a runner on base in the seventh, but they could not advance past first base against Herzog. The freshman recorded her team-leading third save of the year. In the last three games, Herzog is 1-0 with two saves, allowing no runs over nine and a third innings.
The Bobcats will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, May 2 with Senior Day against the Siena Saints. Quinnipiac will host the Saints at the QU Softball Field for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
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