BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University softball team lost both games in their doubleheader at Long Island University Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats lost the first game, 3-1, and the second, 2-1, as their record drops to 14-26 on the season overall and 6-6 in Northeast Conference play. The Blackbirds' record improves to 22-14 overall, and 13-1 in the NEC.
Both games proved to be pitcher's duels, as all four pitchers on the day pitched complete games, and the only runs scored were produced in single inning bursts. Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Blaire Porter battled in the first game, while Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) and Jenny Giles went head-to-head in game two.
The Blackbirds scored their only runs of game one in the bottom of the fourth. Amanda MacIntosh drilled a two-run homer into left in the second at bat of the inning. Later in the inning, pinch-runner Alexis Caso was scored from third on an RBI ground-out to shortstop by Lauren Kemp, giving Long Island the 3-0 lead.
Quinnipiac pulled within one in the top of the sixth. Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y) and Christine Bourdeau (Seymour, Conn.) hit back-to-back singles to open the inning, and were moved to second and third on a Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) single two plays later. Casella came in to score in the following play as Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) hit grounded out to short, earning the Bobcats only run of the game.
Schwartzburg earned two runs on four hits allowed, striking out three in the loss. Porter earned one run on six hits by the Bobcats, while striking out nine batters in the win.
Bellush had a stellar performance from the mound in game two, earning zero runs and striking out four in the complete game, but the Blackbirds snuck two runs by in the first inning and were able to hold on for the win.
Long Island's two runs came unearned in the bottom of the first. With one out on the board, Renae Beauchman and Sterling Hoham came around to score from second and third on a Bobcats' throwing error.
The Bobcats saw a late surge of offense as they pushed a run across in the top of the fifth. Rachel Felker (The Woodlands, Texas) opened the inning with a single to shortstop. After substituting Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) as a pinch-runner, Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) slapped a sacrifice bunt down the third base line, allowing Murray to advance to second. The following batter, Jessica Amenda (Milford, Conn.) singled up the middle, bringing Murray around to make the score 2-1.
In the remaining five innings, Bellush allowed no hits and walked four. Giles earned one run on three hits allowed, and struck out one in the win.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday afternoon when they take on the University of Connecticut for the second time this season. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.