May 4, 2014

Softball Honors Katie Alfiere on Senior Day, Bobcats Fall to Canisius in Season-Ending Doubleheader, 5-4 and 6-2

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University softball team's 2014 campaign came to an end on Senior Day Sunday afternoon as the Bobcats were swept by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 5-4 and 6-2, from the QU Softball Field. Senior Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) was honored prior to the start of Sunday's doubleheader for all her contributions to the team throughout the last four years. Quinnipiac concludes its first season under first year head coach Jill Karwoski with an overall record of 11-36 while they finish with a 6-14 MAAC record, good enough for 9th place in the first year in their new conference.

 

Sophomore Abby Johnson (Chelmsford, Mass.) was the star on Sunday as she picked up four total hits on the day including her 4th career three-hit game. Johnson went 3-for-4 with one RBI in game one and followed that up with another base hit in game two to finish the day 4-for-8 at the dish. Freshman Keilani Finley (Alameda, Calif.) also had a career day as she finished with three hits including the first two doubles of her career in game one. Sophomore Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.) picked up a career high two RBI in game one while classmate Courtney Solt (Boyertown, Pa.) tallied two hits in game two.

Alfiere went the distance in the final home game of her four-year career and pitched a solid complete game effort allowing five runs (four earned) in her seven innings of work. Sophomore Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.) took the loss in game two despite finishing with four strikeouts in five innings. Junior Hannah Lindsley (Narragansett, R.I.) entered in relief and kept the Golden Griffins at bay with two scoreless innings of work.

The Bobcat offense was stymied all day by the Canisius ace Jen Consaul who pitched two complete game efforts with 18 strikeouts through 14 innings of work.

The Golden Griffins picked up runs in each of the first four innings on Sunday to build a 4-3 lead in game one. Lindsey Silfer's RBI single in the first, Meghan Cuda's sacrifice fly in the second, Samantha Sharkey's RBi single in the third and Robin Kennery's RBI single in the fourth accounted for the first four runs of the game.

Quinnipiac bounced back with three runs of their own in the fifth as Jarrett knocked home a pair of runs with a single back up the middle. Finley followed her with a sharp liner to right center that scored Jarrett from second and made it a 4-3 game.

Canisius picked up a big insurance run in the seventh inning as a costly throwing error to second base allowed a run to cross home plate to make it 5-3 heading into the last at-bats for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac's bats came alive in their last inning as Finley doubled with one out and Johnson later singled to shortstop to score pinch runner Kathryn Vitale (Cheshire, Conn.) from third. With the Bobcats' big hitter junior Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) stepping to the plate, the Golden Griffin's Consaul won the battle with a comebacker to the mound to win it for Canisius, 5-4.

The second game of the doubleheader was very much a pitcher's duel in the early going as Canisius jumped on the Bobcats for one run on a Silfer RBI single to right field to make it 1-0 after the first.

Quinnipiac put at least one runner on-base throughout the first four innings of game two but to no avail as Consaul continued to pitch brilliantly for the Golden Griffins.

The score remained 1-0 until the fifth innings where Canisius struck for five runs to create a six-run gap between them and the Bobcats. Erica Afanador had the big hit of the inning as she slapped a two-run double out to right center field that made it 6-0 Canisius after five.

The Bobcats picked up two runs in the sixth inning as Paolucci led off with a double to right center field followed by a hit-by-pitch for Robey to put two runners on-base. After a groundout moved both runners over, Lindsley came through with a two-run single to left field. Quinnipiac still was positioned well with a runner on second and just one out but Consaul calmly worked a strikeout and groundout to end the inning.

Consaul worked a perfect seventh inning to earn the Golden Griffins the sweep of Quinnipiac in the final games of the 2014 season for both teams.

With 15 of the 16 active players on the Bobcats' roster coming back next season, Karwoski has plenty to work with as she begins to incorporate her first recruiting class and build with several key contributors coming back.

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