Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-32, 7-11 MAAC)
Siena College Saints (17-23-1, 11-5 MAAC)
The Quinnipiac softball team will wrap up the regular season this weekend with a MAAC doubleheader against the Siena Saints. The Bobcats will host the Saints for Senior Day on Saturday, May 2 with the first game slated to begin at 12 p.m.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Siena enters the Saturday doubleheader tied for third place in the conference standings at 11-5 and sitting at 17-23-1 overall. The Saints trail Manhattan and Canisius at 13-3 and share a three-way tie with Fairfield and Iona. On Wednesday, Siena was swept in a doubleheader at the University of Albany, 8-0 and 6-4. The Saints have won seven of their last eight MAAC games, including doubleheader sweeps over Monmouth, Rider and Canisius. They split a two-game series with Niagara, losing 2-1 before a 4-1 victory in the second game. Siena is currently second in the conference with a team batting average of .302. They have four hitters over .300, led by senior Paige Lloyd hitting an impressive .408. Lloyd is 49-for-120 with 33 RBI, 29 runs scored, eight homeruns and 14 doubles. Amanda Gatt heads the pitching staff with a 3.95 earned run average. Gatt is 8-9 in 24 appearances with 12 complete games and two shutouts.
The Quinnipiac softball team, head coach Jill Karwoski, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation will recognize four senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program. The senior class consists of Nikki Barba, Brittney Cyr, Hannah Lindsley and Jordan Paolucci.
LAST TIME OUT
On Thursday afternoon, the Bobcats defeated the Central Connecticut Blue Devils, 2-1 at the QU Softball field. Lindsley picked up her team-leading eighth victory of the season in Quinnipiac's fourth straight win.
Lindsley outdueled the opposition in a 2-1 win over Central. 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. The Bobcats scored two runs off four hits while Lindsley allowed one run off five hits in the win.
In the last three games, freshman Casey Herzog is 1-0 with two saves, allowing no runs over nine and a third innings. Against Rider, she threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits.
LIGHTS OUT LINDSLEY
Lindsley now leads the Bobcats with eight wins including three victories in her last four appearances. The senior recorded wins against Rider, Hartford and Central Connecticut.
ALL-TIME RBI LEADER
In the game against UConn, Paolucci became Quinnipiac's program leader in career RBIs with 125. The senior connected for an RBI to left field in the seventh inning to give her 10 for the year and sole possession of most RBIs.
HOT AT HOME
Quinnipiac has won their last five games at the QU Softball Field including doubleheader sweeps over Hartford and Rider. The Bobcats improved to 9-7 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.
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.