April 2, 2014

Softball Swept by Fairfield in 2014 Home Opener

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats certainly had their moments and competed with the 2013 MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield but the Stags ultimately made the plays at the most opportune times as the Quinnipiac softball team was swept, 7-5 and 10-0 (five innings), in a Wednesday doubleheader from the QU Softball Field.

Quinnipiac (3-21, 0-3 MAAC) had a golden opportunity to steal game one as they trailed all game until the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored a pair in the bottom half to go up 5-4. Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) was gutting out a solid pitching performance on the mound as she allowed just one earned run (four total) through the first six innings against a high-powered Fairfield (4-14, 2-1 MAAC) offensive attack. Faced with two runners in scoring position, two outs and a 2-2 count on Fairfield's Lauren Filicia, one mistake helped lead to a two-run single for the Stags as they claimed a 6-5 lead on a potential game-ending pitch. The lead didn't change hands in the bottom of the seventh as the Stags added another insurance run to spoil a gritty effort from Robey on the mound and at the plate.

Robey led the Bobcats on the day, going 3-for-7 in the two games combined. She also picked up the lone home run on the day as she jacked out her fifth homer of the season to deep left center field to add to her team-leading RBI total of 17. On the mound, Robey pitched a solid 6.2 innings with four earned runs allowed as two costly errors in the field help lead to three of the Stags' first four runs of the game.

Junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) tied her career high with a 3-for-4 day at the plate in game one as she picked up two singles and her first double of the season and 15th of her career. Sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) reached base safely three times in five plate appearances on the day as she picked up the go-ahead RBI single in game one in addition to a walk and hit-by-pitch. Sophomore Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) singled in each of the games for the Bobcats while Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) knocked an RBI single in game one.

In game one, the Bobcats went down 2-0 early in the third inning as a muffed catch at first base with two outs helped lead to two unearned runs for the Stags as they took control early.

Robey helped her cause as she lifted her fifth home run up and out at the QU Softball Field in the fourth inning. The blast continues Robey's breakout season as she continues to lead the team in home runs (5), doubles (6), RBI (17) and slugging percentage (.621).

Fairfield tacked on another run in the fifth before the Bobcats struck for a pair in the bottom half as Jarrett walked and senior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) smashed her second double of the season to deep center field. Sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Conn.) drove in a run on a sacrifice fly while Solt struck an RBI single to third base to even the score at 3-3.

The Stags picked up another run before the Bobcats took their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Robey started the inning with a single and Paolucci followed with a deep double to right center field. Edmands singled to load the bases for Jarrett who singled through the left side to score Robey and Alfiere then reached on an error that scored Paolucci to give Quinnipiac a 5-4 lead heading into the decisive seventh inning.

Lauren Filicia played the role of hero for the Stags as she picked up a two-out, two-strike, two-run single to right field that saved the game and ultimately led to victory for Fairfield.

Quinnipiac was retired in-order in the bottom of the seventh by the Stags' ace Rae Ball to seal the 7-5 game one victory for Fairfield.

Game two was a much different ball game as Fairfield's Rebecca Trott dominated the Bobcat lineup and limited Quinnipiac to just three hits, no runs and eight strikeouts in the Stags' 10-0 five-inning victory.

Fairfield struck early and often in game two as five different Stags picked up a multi-hit game while five different players also drove in a run. Three straight RBI singles in the fifth inning helped build up a 4-0 lead and a five-run second frame helped the Fairfield lead balloon to 9-0 after just two innings.

Robey broke up Trott's no-hit bid in the fourth inning with a one-out single as she was one of just three Bobcats to pick up a hit in game two as they ultimately fell 10-0 to the Stags.

Quinnipiac looks to get back to winning ways on Thursday as they take on regional foe UConn in a non-conference contest from the QU Softball Field starting at 3:30 pm.

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