Softball Swept by Towson and Wagner in First Day of Tiger Invitational

TOWSON, Md. – The Quinnipiac softball team certainly had their opportunities in both games of a doubleheader on Friday but couldn't come away victorious in each as they fell to Towson (13-5) in six innings and Wagner (3-1) in the first day at the Tiger Invitational. The Bobcats held a lead as late as the fourth inning against the Tigers while they had two runners in scoring position down only one run against the Seahawks and didn't net anything from the prime opportunity. Quinnipiac falls to 2-17 on the season while Towson improves to 15-9 and Wagner moves to 9-12.

Sophomore Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) is beginning to show signs of her record-breaking freshman season as she went a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with three runs, one double and one stolen base. She tallied her first three-hit game of the season against Wagner and has now gone 8-for-14 (.571 average) with three multi-hit outings in the last five games for the Bobcats. Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) added to her team-leading RBI total with two against Towson to move her season total to 12 while sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished with her second career three-hit game with a 3-for-4 day against Towson to go along with two runs and one RBI.

In game one of the doubleheader, Quinnipiac's offense came to play as they picked up three runs in the first two innings and plated two more in the fourth to hold a 5-4 lead but nine unanswered runs for the host Towson Tigers put the game out of reach for the Bobcats as they fell, 13-5, in six innings.

Robey got the party started early for Quinnipiac as she knocked home two runners with a single to center field that gave her team a quick 2-0 lead. Johnson and Solt scored on the play to push Quinnipiac ahead.

Their lead would grow to 3-0 in the second inning of play as junior Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) picked up her first career double with one out and was later knocked in by Johnson with an RBI single to center as Quinnipiac continued to ride their early wave of momentum.

Towson would respond with two runs in the next two innings to take the 4-3 lead before junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) had something to say with two outs as she doubled to right field to score Johnson and Solt again. Barba's go-ahead double was set up by Johnson and Solt who singled and was hit-by-a-pitch, respectively.

For all of Quinnipiac's efforts through their first four innings of play, they weren't able to shut down the potent Towson offense for long as the Tigers plated nine straight runs from the fourth through sixth inning to mercy rule the Bobcats in six innings.

Game two of the doubleheader played out much differently as the Bobcats and Seahawks combined for just 10 hits and four runs as the pitchers were the story on Friday. Robey took the ball for the Bobcats and she twirled one of her finer outings of the season, picking up her second complete game effort of the year while allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings of work. Despite Robey's heroics she was outdueled by Wagner's Samantha Bedker who tossed a complete game four-hitter with just one run allowed and eight strikeouts.

The Seahawks took control of the game early as they plated two runs in the second inning on an RBI single and RBI groundout. Robey was still faced with a runner on second base with just one out but she induced two straight groundouts to close the door on the Seahawks' attempt to break the game open.

Quinnipiac's lone run of the ballgame came in the fourth inning as they executed a beautiful steal plate of home by Solt. The sophomore outfielder Solt started the inning with a slap single to the catcher and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. After advancing to third on a groundout, Robey walked to put runners on the corners. As Bedker threw her pitch, Robey took off for second and as the throw down successfully gunned down Robey, Solt showed her great speed and wheeled in safely from third to make it a 2-1 game.

Still down just one run heading into the sixth inning, the Bobcats landed themselves with a prime opportunity for the comeback. Junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) started with a leadoff walk and Solt came through with a single to center field to advance the pinch runner freshman Kathryn Vitale (Cheshire, Conn.) to third base. Solt promptly stole second to put two runners into scoring position with the heart of the Bobcats' lineup next at the plate. Barba was first up and would have picked up a multi-run hit if her line drive had not of been hit directly to the first baseman for the out. The lineout was followed by a pop out to third base for Robey as Quinnipiac's scoring chance went unconverted.

Wagner tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the bottom of the sixth before retiring the Bobcats in-order in the seventh to close out their 3-1 victory over Quinnipiac.

Despite the tough start the Bobcats had opportunities to win both games and will look to get back on the winning track with games against the Tigers and Seahawks tomorrow from the Towson Softball Complex.

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