RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Junior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) launched her fifth homerun of the 2012 season as the Quinnipiac University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Manhattan College on Wednesday afternoon. Quinnipiac earned a 3-2 victory in the second match-up of the day after falling, 5-0, in game one. The Bobcats improve to 23-13 on the year, while the Jaspers become 5-26 overall.
In the first contest, Bobcats' freshman Hannah Lindsley received the loss as she made her pitching debut. Lindsley saw six innings, scattering nine hits and five walks while striking out five Manhattan batters. The Jaspers' Kelsi Redding took the win after pitching a complete game for the shutout, while she allowed six hits and recorded eight strikeouts.
After three scoreless innings in game one, Manhattan went ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Amanda Paxson scored on a wild pitch for the Jasper's first run of the game.
Manhattan increased its lead, 3-0, in the next inning when Paxson hit a two-run double to left field, driving in Sydney Weedon and Jen Keller, who had each singled to get on base during the fifth inning.
The Jaspers extended their advantage, 5-0, as they compiled four hits in the sixth. Manhattan scored its first run as it launched back-to-back doubles by Kate Bowen and Amanda Babcock. After Anna Galllacher was struck out, Whitmore singled to center field, bringing in Babcock from second base for the shutout.
Senior Christy Cabrera (West Sacramento, Calif.) started within the circle for the Bobcats in game two. Cabrera pitched six innings as she picked up her third win of the year after holding the Jaspers to three hits and two earned runs. Senior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned her third save of the 2012 season after entering the game in the seventh inning. Schwartzburg struck out two of the five batters she faced, allowing one hit. Manhattan's Kate Bowen allowed seven hits from QU as she received the loss.
Quinnipiac moved in front of Manhattan, 2-0, early in the second outing. With two out in the top of the first inning, junior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) rifled a two-run homer into left field, also scoring Cabrera from first base on the play. The Jaspers responded with a Babcock homerun in the third inning, narrowing the gap, 2-1.
The Bobcats answered with a run in the next inning to widen their advantage. Freshman Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) led off the fourth as she was walked. Barba advanced to third base as senior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) and junior Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) each tallied an out. Barba then crossed home plate on senior Ashley Heiberger's (Sioux Falls, S.D.) single to left field, giving the Bobcats a more comfortable lead, 3-1.
Manhattan attempted to come back in the bottom of the seventh as Paxson homered to lead off the inning, but were unable to add to the scoreboard once Schwartzburg subbed in for Cabrera, earning another save for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels for a non-league game at Fairfield University on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.
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