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TOWSON, Md. – Some timely hitting, mixed in with a clutch pitching performance from sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) was enough to push Quinnipiac softball past Towson, 2-1, in an upset victory on the road from the Towson Softball Complex. The Bobcats' sophomore ace pitcher tossed a complete game five-hitter while junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) drove in the game-winning run with an RBI triple in the fifth. Quinnipiac snaps a six-game losing streak to improve to 3-17 while Towson falls to 16-10 on the season.
Robey tossed perhaps the best game of her young career on Sunday with her complete game seven inning performance allowing just one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Her one mistake of the game was tagged for a home run in the second inning but she came back unfazed and allowed no runs for the final five frames against a Towson team that scored 13 runs on the Bobcats the day before.
A pair of Bobcats picked up multi-hit games as sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) had herself a 2-for-4 day with one run and a career-best two doubles. Her sophomore classmate Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) continued her strong play with a 2-for-4 day with one RBI while junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) walked twice, singled and scored the game-winning run. Paolucci's RBI triple in the fifth inning, her first three-bagger of the season, resulted in the eventual game-winner.
Quinnipiac's offense came out firing on all cylinders as they had runners in scoring position in both the first, third and fourth inning but they couldn't convert on any of the opportunities. Their best opportunity came in the fourth inning as sophomore Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) doubled to center field while junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) singled to move Edmands over to third base with just one out, an opportunity that resulted in no runs as a strikeout and groundout ended the inning.
Towson picked up their lone run of the game in the second inning as Missy McCormick went deep with two outs to put the Tigers on the board first.
The decisive inning for Quinnipiac came in the fifth as Johnson started the frame with a double to center field. Solt followed up with a run-scoring single to right field and attempted to advance to third on a throwing error to home plate but was eventually tagged out by the third baseman. Barba walked and Paolucci later, with two outs in the inning, bombed a triple to deep center field that scored Barba all the way from first.
The Tigers did put together a comeback attempt as a single to right field with a runner already on second base looked to be the equalizer but Johnson flashed a terrific arm from her right field position and gunned down the would-be game-tying run at home plate. Paolucci took the ball on a dime and tagged out the runner trying to score from second.
Robey finished up the game allowing a lone single with two outs in the seventh before inducing a groundout in the last at-bat to seal the victory for the Bobcats and the first win of the season for the sophomore right-hander.
After playing 21 contests away from home, Quinnipiac will move on to play UConn for their 2014 home opener scheduled for Thursday, March 27 from the QU Softball Field in Hamden.
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