March 8, 2014

Softball's Jordan Paolucci Becomes QU's All-Time Home Runs Leader In 3-2 Loss To Maine

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Quinnipiac sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) and junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) hit back-to-back home runs in a 3-2 loss to Maine at the USF Under Armor Showcase in Clearwater, Fla. With Paolucci's 31st career home run coming in the second inning, she passed Sarah Collins '06 for first place on the Quinnipiac all-time home run list. The Bobcats fall to 0-8 on the season while Maine goes to 4-4 on the year. 

Quinnipiac's newly shrined home run leader will now go down as the greatest power hitter the program has ever seen. Often having a flair for the dramatic, Paolucci's 31 career home runs come over the course of 131 games but she still has the remainder of her junior year in addition to a senior season to continue to add on to her accomplishment. With five RBI already this season, Paolucci also tied Stacy Croft '01 for 3rd place on the all-time RBI list with her 94th career RBI on Saturday agaisnt Maine.

Senior pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) took the hard-luck no-decision after hurling  6 innings, holding the Black Bears to just two runs on six hits. Maine's three runs for the day were the fewest scored against a Quinnipiac starter this season. 

The Bobcats mustered only two hits on the day but they certainly made them count as Robey and Paolucci each went deep in the top of the second inning to make it a 2-0 game in the blink of an eye. For Robey, she continues her amazing start to the 2014 season as it was her second homer and seventh straight extra base hit to start the year off. Through nine games, Robey has tallied seven hits (five doubles, two home runs), all of which have gone for multiple bases. In addition to her team lead in hits, doubles, and home runs, Robey also leads the team in runs (4) and RBI (6).

Alfiere, meanwhile, was dominant throughout including a stretch wherein she retired nine staight Black Bear hitters between the third through fifth inning. Unfortunately, Maine would response with a leadoff triple in the top of the sixth followed by an RBI single from Dagmar Ralphs to make in a one-run game.

After the Bobcats went scoreless in the top of the seventh, a Maine leadoff single lifted Alfiere in favor of junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) who entered in relief to try and come away with the three-out save. Any hope for the Bobcats was quickly dashed as a bunt single followed by a stolen base put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Nikki Bryon made the most of her opportunity as she laced a two-run walk-off single that gave Maine a 3-2 win.

The Bobcats played solid defense with a season-low one error in the field while they received the best pitching outing of the season for any Quinnipiac pitcher as Alfiere tossed six innings of two-run ball despite the defeat. They will move on to Sunday where they take on St. John's (N.Y.) in their final game from the USF Under Armour Showcase.

Contact: Maxx McNall; Maxx.McNall@quinnipiac.edu