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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Much like she's done all season, sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) acted as the offensive catalyst on Friday in Quinnipiac softball's 5-2 victory over former Northeast Conference foe Wagner from the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. Robey had herself a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI and her third home run of the season while junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) and senior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) combined to allow just two runs over seven innings to pick up the Bobcats' second win of the season. Quinnipiac improves to 2-11 on the season while the Seahawks fall to 4-9.
Robey bolstered her already stellar season with three more hits and RBI to boost her team-leading batting average to .394 (13-for-33) on the season while she continues to lead the team in every hitting category. It was Robey's two-run homer in the second inning that gave her team a 4-0 lead and eventually turned into the game-winning runs. Robey's home run was her third of the season while she added an RBI single in the fourth to boost her RBI total to nine.
Junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) added her third multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-3 with one RBI, one run and one walk. Barba also scored the eventual game-winning run on Robey's home run in the second inning. Sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) also had her second monster game from the leadoff position in four games as she reached base safely in three of her four plate appearances, walking twice and doubling for the first time this season.
On the mound, Lindsley went five innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks and strikeout out two batters while picking up her second victory of the season. Lindsley was lifted to start the sixth inning in favor of Alfiere who took nursed a three-run lead throughout the final two innings to pick up her second save of the season.
Quinnipiac's offense was in full stride from the beginning as they loaded the bases right from the get-go in the first inning. Barba, Robey and junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) each picked up three singles in-a-row with one out to load the bases in the first but the Bobcats couldn't convert on the opportunity as the score remained 0-0 heading into the second.
The second inning decided the game for the Bobcats as they scored four runs on four hits to build a lead they would never relinquish. Sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) started the inning with a single followed by a costly Wagner error as junior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) bunted to the pitcher whose throw to first sailed wide and allowed Solt to score all the way from first base. After two straight outs and Cyr still on second, Barba came through with an RBI single to make it a 2-0 game, followed by Robey's two-run bomb that left the yard and moved the score to 4-0.
The Seahawks struck back for two runs in the third inning but Lindsley did a masterful job limiting the damage as she tallied two outs with two runners on and then induced a pop out after Wagner loaded the bases to end the inning.
The Bobcats added one more in the fourth inning as Johnson doubled to lead off the inning and Robey later came through with a run scoring single that pushed the Quinnipiac lead to 5-2.
Lindsley pitched into the sixth inning and was lifted for Alfiere after allowing a leadoff single. The lone Bobcat senior in Alfiere entered and quickly escaped potential damage as she induced a double play and inning-ending pop out. She faced some more trouble in the seventh as two Seahawks reached with a base hit to put two runners on with two outs. Wagner looked to have gotten one back as a single went to right but Johnson showcased her cannon from right field as she gunned down the runner trying to score from second base for the final out of the game.
Quinnipiac will take on Florida A&M later Friday night and follows with Purdue and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday.
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