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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University softball team dropped its home-opener against the University of Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell short by a final count of 6-1 at the QU Softball Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) led the Bobcats' offense with a pair of hits on the day; but, as a team, Quinnipiac only mustered a total of four hits in the game.
With the loss, Quinnipiac has dropped three straight games and fallen to 5-18 on the season. The visiting Huskies improved to 12-10 on the year, which includes a 5-3 mark against Quinnipiac over the last six seasons.
The Bobcats opened the game's scoring summary in the bottom of the second inning, when a leadoff single from Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) turned into a three-base error and left Barba standing on third base with no-one out. Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) stepped into the batters' box and lifted a fly-ball to right field, which allowed Barba to trot home for a 1-0 Bobcat lead.
Unfortunately for the home team, things began to unravel in the middle innings as UConn battled back with four unanswered runs. With two outs in the top of the third and a runner on second base, Emily O'Donnell belted her first homerun of the season to put the Huskies on top, 2-1. Quinnipiac went scoreless in the bottom half, but the UConn bats stayed hot and the Huskies plated two more in the fourth inning.
Quinnipiac looked to make some noise in the bottom of the fourth, when the Bobcats put their first two batters on base - a single from Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) and a walk from Barba. UConn managed to escape unscathed though, forcing a fielders' choice for the first out and then ending the threat on a double play.
UConn starting pitcher Kiki Saveriano confused Quinnipiac's hitters all day, allowing just four hits and one run (unearned) over seven innings. She fanned six and walked three.
Quinnipiac received a combination of three pitchers on the afternoon. Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.), Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) and Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) allowed six runs on 13 hits and walked four Huskies. Jarrett was credited with the loss after allowing two runs in the third inning.
A quick turnaround, Quinnipiac is back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, at UConn. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Burrill Family Field in Storrs, Conn.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
Contact: Maxx McNall; Maxx.McNall@quinnipiac.edu