Softball Splits Doubleheader With Rhode Island

HAMDEN, Conn. – Christine Bourdeau (Seymour, Conn.) scored the game-winning run in extra innings in game two of the doubleheader with the University of Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon to give the Bobcats the 2-1 win. Quinnipiac dropped the first game 6-2. Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned her tenth win of the year as she pitched all eight innings of the second game at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. The Bobcats' record improves to 12-24 while the Rams' record stands at 8-29.

Quinnipiac saw a rough start to the day as Rhode Island scored all six of their runs in the first two innings of game one. Melissa Wilson got the offense started in the top of the first as she singled through the left side, scoring a runner from second. Leah DiBuossolo changed directions, doubling to right field in the next at bat before Nicole Massoni reached on a fielder's choice as the Bobcats threw Wilson out at home. With two outs on the board, Darci Borden drilled a three-run shot into center field, putting the Rams up 4-0.

In the next half inning, Quinnipiac pulled within two runs. Bourdeau took a pitch off the lower leg to start the inning on first base. Jessica Amenda (Milford, Conn.) moved her to second with a bunt single and Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) advanced both runners on a sacrifice groundout to the pitcher. Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) came up to bat and drove in a two-run single into left center to make it 4-2.

In the top of the second, URI picked up their remaining two runs of the game. Jackie Kampmeier singled to left and Brittany Julich was hit by a pitch to earn the Rams runners on first and second. Wilson hit another single to score Kampmeier and Julich scored on a wild pitch to notch the 6-2 lead.

Bellush started on the mound for the Bobcats, pitching three innings and earning six runs on five hits allowed. Jamie Iaquinto (Dix Hills, N.Y.) came in to pitch four innings of relief, allowing three hits and striking out two. Alison Hartzell earned the win for URI.

Game two was a true pitcher's duel between Schwartzburg and Jayshree Narendran. The game was held scoreless until the Bobcats broke the ice in the bottom of the fifth. Schwartzburg fell into trouble in the top of the fourth, earning two runners in scoring position on a walk and double with no outs on the board. The freshman hurler kept her head and fanned the following three batters to get Quinnipiac out of the jam.

In the bottom of the fifth, Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) got the offense started with a single into center field and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.). Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) singled into right allowing Jacobsen to advance to third. Bourdeau put down a solid sacrifice bunt to force the out at first and score Jacobsen to put the Bobcats up 1-0.

The Rams challenged in the top of the sixth as Julich opened up the inning with a solo shot to right to tie the score at one. Schwartzburg stayed composed through the next four batters, forcing a ground out and striking out two to end the inning. In the top of the eighth, URI was unable to push a run across and brought the Bobcats to the plate in a sudden-death situation.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bourdeau was placed on second base to start the inning due to the California run rule in extra innings. Amenda laid down an ideal sacrifice bunt to move Bourdeau to third, in optimal scoring position. During the next at bat, Narendran threw a wild pitch over the head of her catcher, and Bourdeau hustled in from third scoring the game-winning run for the Bobcats.

Schwartzburg struck out ten batters in her tenth win of the season, earning one run on four hits allowed. Narendran also allowed four hits on one earned run in her fifth loss of the year; she struck out three in the effort.

The Bobcats return to action on April 18 when they travel to take on Wagner in a conference doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.