Bobcats Taken Down by UConn, Wind In Home Opener
by Tom Butto
March 21, 2008
HAMDEN – The Quinnipiac Bobcats softball team lost to UConn 9-0 in five innings of play in their home opener at Bobcat Field on Thursday. The Bobcats who fell to 7-14 on the season were looking to stop an eight game losing streak.
The Bobcats came home after playing in three tournaments in Virginia and Florida where they played tough competition such as Yale and Longwood.
The game started off good for the Bobcats, with Jaimie Iaquinto, a sophomore pitcher, turning in an impressive three inning, four hit performance, while striking out two and giving up one unearned run.
The trouble for the Bobcats came when Carolyn Schmolz replaced Iaquinto and when the wind started whipping around. UConn touched up Schmolz, scoring eight runs in her two innings of work.
Danielle Del Ponte and Micah Truax of UConn both hit two-run homers in the fifth inning which put the game out of reach for the Bobcats for good.
The mercy rule in softball is if a team has an eight run lead after five innings of play.
When Quinnipiac’s pitching started to falter, UConn’s starter, Tricia Sullivan, was dominant the whole game.
Sullivan struck out six batters and only gave up a single to Kristin Sheriff.
The wind played a factor in the fourth and fifth inning when two routine pop ups to Christine Bourdeau, Quinnipiac’s shortstop, turned into adventures. Both pop ups seemed to be going right to Bourdeau’s spot at shortstop, but both times the wind carried the ball all the way to the middle of the infield, leading to base hits.
The Bobcats will head off to Stony Brook, N.Y on Friday to play at the Stony Brook Invitational where they will be looking to end their nine game losing streak.