Softball Swept in Doubleheader at Siena, 3-2 and 10-2

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena took advantage of some timely hitting in game one and dominated offensively in game two as they swept a doubleheader from the Quinnipiac University softball team in MAAC play on Saturday. The Saints took the opener 3-2 and game two 10-2 in six innings. Quinnipiac drops to 8-25 (4-6 MAAC) on the season while Siena jumps over .500 up to 17-16 (5-1 MAAC).

Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) went deep for the sixth time this season, second-most on the team, in the nightcap while she also threw six solid innings despite taking the loss on the mound in game one. Junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) picked up three hits in four at-bats to extend the longest hitting streak of her career to nine games. Freshman Keilani Finley (Alameda, Calif.) meanwhile picked up the first multi-hit game of her career in game two as she finished 2-for-3 at the dish.

Quinnipiac had trouble scoring runs in both games of the doubleheader, combining for just four runs on 10 hits in 13 total innings. The Bobcats did, however, hold a lead at one point in both games as they took a 2-0 lead in game one in the third inning. Sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) doubled to lead off the inning and sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) then reached on an error. Two straight outs and Siena looked to have found their way out of the inning but Johnson was able to come across on a passed ball while junior Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) scored when Robey reached first base on a wild pitch strikeout.

Despite building the early lead, the Saints quickly came back as they scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. The first came on a fielder's choice and the last two also came around to score on another fielder's choice. Robey was able to limit Siena to three runs but the damage had already been done.

The Bobcats certainly had their opportunities late as the leadoff hitter reached base in the final three consecutive innings but Quinnipiac finished the game going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the fifth through seventh innings as Siena pulled out a gritty 3-2 win in game one.

Siena followed that up with 10 runs and 13 hits in game two as they won convincingly 10-2 over the Bobcats in six innings. Sophomore Dani Edmands (Northborough, Mass.) chipped in a sacrifice fly in the first inning while Robey hit a solo shot in the fifth inning to account for the two Quinnipiac runs.

The Saints plated one run in the first and then ran away with the game as they combined for nine runs in the fourth through six inning combined.

Quinnipiac now returns home for the first time since April 3 and just the fourth time this year as they play host to the Iona Gaels on Sunday for a doubleheader starting at Noon.

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