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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Quinnipiac junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) had the pitching performance of the year on Monday, hurling the first no-hitter for Quinnipiac softball in the Division I era (since 1998) to defeat Manhattan, 2-0. Lindsley had everything working as she limited the highest-scoring lineup in the MAAC coming into the weekend to nothing offensively. Her triumph also lifts the Bobcats who've won five of their last six games to improve to 8-22 on the season and 4-4 in the MAAC.
Lindsley's no-hit effort is the first for any Bobcat pitcher in the 16-year history as an NCAA Division I program. As if the accomplishment wasn't impressive enough, Lindsley came just one walk and one hit batter away from throwing the first perfect game in the 37-year history of the program. Lindsley finished with a line of seven innings, no hits, no runs, two strikeouts and just one walk. Her defense fielded the ball perfectly as all 21 outs were secured without error in the Bobcats' victory.
"Our approach to every game is the same: focus on what we can do," said Quinnipiac first-year head coach Jill Karwoski. "Our girls have done an amazing job adapting to daily situations that include constantly evolving roles on the team, challenges with the weather and being a part of a change in the program's culture. Hannah's accomplishment on the mound, alongside a record-breaking weekend by our offense, is just a taste of what this team is capable of doing. I am proud of everyone on the team for their continuous hard work, buy-in and competitiveness. I'm exicted to see how the next few weeks play out!"
In a game that was made up from a March 29 postponement, play began in the fourth inning with Lindsley already having worked through three hitless frames. She finished off her no-hitter with four frames of no-hit ball on Monday afternoon to become the first player in the history of NCAA Division I to throw a no-hitter in a game that was played on multiple days. The shutout is also the first for any Bobcat pitcher this season and the fourth of Lindsley's career.
Two key members of the Quinnipiac offensive attack helped provide all the run support Lindsley would need as junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) picked up the two decisive plays that led to the two Quinnipiac runs.
Paolucci started it all with a solo home run in the second inning of the part of the game that was played on March 29. For Paolucci, the home run gives her the team-lead with seven on the season while she has now gone deep in four straight games for the Bobcats to go along with 10 RBI in that four-game stretch. The home run also bumped Paolucci's career total up to 36 while her RBI total increased to 110, just 14 away from matching the all-time mark at Quinnipiac.
Play was halted in the original game slated for March 29 in the top of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and one out for the Bobcats. Strapped with the advantageous opportunity to start with the bases juiced and a 1-0 lead, Quinnipiac made the most of their opportunity thanks to Johnson who forced a two-out bases loaded walk to make it a 2-0 game. Johnson finished the game with a career high three walks in four plate appearances to go along with another career-best with two stolen bases.
With the Quinnipiac offense providing the extra run of support, Lindsley did all the rest for the Bobcats as she retired all 12 batters she faced on Monday to finish off one of the best pitching outings the program has ever seen.
Lindsley's effort came against a Manhattan attack that came into the weekend leading the MAAC in terms of runs scored, on-base percentage, RBI, doubles, home runs, walks and total bases. She also shut down two of the better hitters in the region in Elena Bowman and Kate Bowen who each bat over .320 in the top two spots of the Manhattan order but came away empty against the Bobcats' junior right-hander.
Quinnipiac is one of the hottest teams in the MAAC as they will take two full days before playing in their next game on Thursday at 3:00 pm in a non-conference tilt against former Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart.
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