Bobcats Open Up Conference, Lose To LIU Twice
by Tom Butto
March 29, 2008
HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac University softball team came into Northeast Conference play losers of two games in a row, and looked to stop the losing streak by taking the Long Island University Blackbirds at home.
However, the day of action on the field did not turn out as planned, as the Bobcats ran into two dominating pitching performances, losing 8-0 in the first game and 7-0 in the second game. The Bobcats fell to 10-19 on the season, and 0-2 in conference play, while the Blackbirds improved to 12-13 overall and 2-0 in the NEC.
In the first game of the double header at Bobcat Field, Blaire Porter dazzled the Bobcats with excellent command of her fastball. Porter threw a complete game ten strikeout gem, while walking one batter and only giving up two infield singles in the shutout.
Jaime Iaquinto, the right handed pitcher from the Bobcats, had the opposite type of day on the mound. Iaquinto had a rocky outing, giving up eight runs and walking five batters in her complete game effort. Iaquinto’s troubles started in the second inning when Brynn Lewis, the sophomore second baseman for the Blackbirds, drove in two runs with the bases loaded.
Lewis had just as big of a game as her teammate Porter did. She drove in four runs in the game.
The second game did not go any better for Quinnipiac, as Jenny Giles of the Blackbirds struck out three and walked four in her complete game shutout effort, matching the complete game shutout that Porter threw.
The pitching performance in the second game of the double header was also mirrored by Quinnipiac’s starter, Kristin Sherriff. She also gave up three runs in the second inning of her outing.
Like Iaquinto, Sheriff also settled down, not giving up a run until the sixth inning, when she gave up two runs. She was replaced by the southpaw Emily Bellush. Bellush allowed two runs of her own in 1.1 innings on the mound.
The Bobcats only had a total of five hits in the double header, as their seaso-long hitting woes continued. As a team, Quinnipiac only sports a .203 average on the season, and does not have one hitter batting at or above .300. The Bobcats highest average belongs to sophomore Christine Bourdeau, who’s hitting .289.