QU Softball Splits Doubleheader with Siena on Senior Day, 4-3 and 2-4

QU Softball Splits Doubleheader with Siena on Senior Day, 4-3 and 2-4

Hamden, Conn. – The Quinnipiac softball team split a doubleheader with Siena on Saturday in their final two games of the season. The Bobcats defeated the Saints 4-3 in the first game before falling 4-2 in the second matchup. Senior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) hit a game-winning three-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth of the first game to give Quinnipiac the lead. The Bobcats wrap-up the season with a 17-33 overall record and at 8-12 in conference play. Siena goes to 18-24-1 and 12-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Prior to the game, Quinnipiac honored six student-athletes for Senior Day. Brittney Cyr (Southington, Connecticut), Nikki Barba (San Diego, California), Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, Rhode Island) and Paolucci all took part in the pregame ceremony. The seniors were recognized for their hard-work and dedication to the program.

The Bobcats scored four runs off seven hits and two walks in game one. Paolucci led the offense going 2-for-2 with a homerun, four RBI, and a walk. Barba also finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, a double and a walk. The first four batters combined to go 6-for-9 with four runs scored.

Lindsley started in the circle for Quinnipiac, picking up her team-leading ninth win of the year and fourth in her last five appearances. The senior threw seven innings of nine hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out seven.

Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their first at bats thanks to a Barba leadoff double down the left field line. Freshman Miranda Magana (Santa Paula, California) came up in the two spot and advanced Barba to third with a sacrifice bunt. Paolucci then recorded her first RBI of the day with a single to left field.

The Saints quickly answered in the second inning with two runs off two hits. After getting the leadoff hitter to fly out, Lindsley walked the second batter. She got the next Saint to line out to left field, but the runner advanced to second on a wild pitch during the next at bat. With a runner in scoring position, Lindsley gave up a base hit and Siena had runners on the corners. The runner at first stole second and the next batter singled to score the first Siena run. The second run came around on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 2-1 lead.

The game remained scoreless until Quinnipiac came to bat in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Barba walked and Magana advanced her to second with a single up the middle. Paolucci entered the box and crushed the first pitch over the wall for a three-run shot. The homerun was her 40th of her career and the three RBI gave her 129 in her illustrious career.

Siena came back with a run in the top of the seventh, but with a runner on second, Lindsley struck out the next batter and got the final Saint out on a groundball to second.

Quinnipiac scored two runs in the second game, but recorded just three hits off the Siena pitching. Barba, Cyr and freshman Maria Ascher (Little Canada, Minnesota) each had a base hit in the loss.

Freshman Casey Herzog (Wappingers Falls, New York) received the loss in the game, pitching five innings and allowing three runs – two earned – off five hits. Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pennsylvania) closed out the final two innings, giving up one run off four hits and striking out three.

Siena took an early 3-0 lead in the first off three hits and an error. Herzog recorded an out on the first batter but the second Saint doubled to left center. After recording a strikeout for the second out of the inning, the freshman gave up a single to left and both runners advanced on the throw from the outfielder. Both runners came around to score when the next batter singled and a third run scored on an error by the shortstop.

The Bobcats cut the lead to 3-1 when Magana reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a walk, fielder's choice and wild pitch. Quinnipiac scored again in the bottom of the fifth when Cyr singled up the middle and eventually touched home on an error by the Siena shortstop. The Bobcats were unable to put another runner on base while Siena tacked on one more run in the seventh.

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