CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Quinnipiac softball team fell in both games on Friday as they opened up the USF Under Armour Showcase with a 7-3 loss to Boston University in the afternoon and also fell 9-0 to Temple from the Eddie C. Moore Complex. With the two losses the Bobcats fall to 2-9 on the season while Boston University moved to 4-7 and Temple improved to 3-7 on the season.
Quinnipiac's reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) continued her hot hitting as she stretched her hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 day with two doubles against B.U. before Temple shutout the freshman outfielder to halt the season-long span for the Bobcats at six games. Senior third baseman Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) also reached base all three times she came to the plate against the Terriers as she finished with an RBI, run scored and two walks against B.U. to go along with a stolen base.
The Terriers came storming out of the gates as they scored three quick runs in the first off a pair of RBI singles as well as an RBI groundout off Quinnipiac's sophomore pitcher Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) to put them ahead 3-0 after the first.
The Bobcats however quickly bounced back in the top of the second, pushing two runs across to close the gap to one. Sophomore catcher Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) led off with a single to center and was followed by a single from sophomore second baseman Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) and senior first baseman Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) reached on an error to load the bases with no one out. Figmic converted on the opportunity as she walked to push a run across and Lindsley came through with a run scoring single to left field to make it a 3-2 game. Still with the bases loaded and none out, the Bobcats failed to convert the rest of the inning as the Terriers bore down and closed out the inning with a fly out, fielder's choice out at home and groundout to limit the damage.
Lindsley held off B.U., a 41-win squad from last season who were ranked #41 in the NCAA Women's Division I poll to end 2012, for two innings before the Terriers knocked an RBI single in the fourth to give them a 4-2 lead.
Freshman pitcher Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) relieved Lindsley in the fourth inning and closed out the game with 2.2 innings, one earned run allowed and two strikeouts as she kept her team in the game. The Bobcat rookie has pitched well of late, allowing just four earned runs in her past 9.9 innings pitched. Robey's command was with her throughout the game against the Terriers as she allowed just one walk in her 2.2 innings.
The lead ballooned to 7-2 in the fifth inning off a pair of unearned runs as well as another RBI single. A late two-out rally for the Bobcats generated a run as Robey drove in Figmic who walked and stole second to set the stage for the Quinnipiac pitcher. It was the first hit and RBI in Robey's career. Solt and the Bobcats put some pressure on late as she doubled and sophomore Brittany Cyr (Southington, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs in the seventh but three straight outs closed the door and the game in favor of the Terriers, 7-3.
The second game of the doubleheader was dominated by the Temple Owls and their freshman pitcher Kelsey Dominik. In just her second career start she limited the Bobcats to just four hits in a complete game shutout to pick up her first victory.
Quinnipiac's junior pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) started for the Bobcats and held off the Owls in the opening innings. It took a throwing error on an attempted steal to score the first two runs for Temple in the third inning.
After two Owl runs in the fourth, it was a 4-0 game before the Bobcats had their first prime scoring opportunity. Barba singled up the middle and Kesses followed right behind with another single to put two runners on. This however was the only time in the game the Bobcats had a runner in scoring position as Dominik closed the door inducing a groundout and a pair of fly outs.
Temple broke the door open in the sixth and final inning as five runs came across for the Owls to close the game with a 9-0 shutout of Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats will look to bounce back on Saturday with a matchup against St. Joseph's before another doubleheader on Sunday against Central Michigan and SIUE to close out the five-game weekend set.
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