Bobcats Bounce Back, Sweep FDU Knights
by Tom Butto
April 7, 2008
HAMDEN — A day after the Quinnipiac University softball team lost both games of a double header to in-state rival Sacred Heart University, the Bobcats stepped onto the field and swept the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson University on Sunday.
The Bobcats (13-24, 3-5 NEC) won the first game in the double header against the NEC opponent 4-2.
The Knights (5-12, 1-5) put up the first run of the game in the fifth inning off of Quinnipiac starter Kristin Sheriff when FDU’s starting pitcher, Trina Fields, hit a home run deep to left center field.
The Bobcats did not take much longer to strike back, when in the bottom of the fifth inning, Quinnipiac did the little things to manufacture a run. After Kelly Wall hit a double to lead off the inning, Heather Maffeo laid down a sacrifice bunt to move wall to third, and Carry Simms hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1.
Quinnipiac took command of the game in the sixth inning with an offensive explosion when Sheriff led off the inning with a single, and was replaced on the base paths by Angela Casella. Christine Bourdeau drove home the pinch runner to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Later in the inning Bourdeau stole third with two outs and Kelly Wall had a clutch two out hit to give them a 3-1 lead and Maffeo drove Wall home for the final run of the inning to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead.
Kristin Sheriff pitched a complete game for the Bobcats in the winning effort. Sheriff struck out six, walked four, and gave up two earned runs.
While offense was the story of the first game, the second game of the double header was all about pitching for both teams.
Jaimie Iaquinto and Ashley Buchanan battled each other in a pitcher’s duel as both took shut outs into the eighth inning of a regulation seven inning game.
In that eighth inning, the Bobcats looked like they were on the ropes when the Knights scored two runs on Iaquinto, the emerging ace for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats rallied in the bottom of the inning when Quinnipiac’s Joelle Jacobsen scored on an error and another two out clutch RBI base hit by Kelly Wall.
The Bobcats then came up in the bottom of the ninth inning looking to win the game. Carry Simms led off with a walk, and was replaced by pinch runner Julie Sini. Jill Viglione sacrifice bunted Sini to second. The Bobcats’ final clutch base hit came in the form of Emily Bellush’s shot that hit the base of the wall to win the game by a final of 3-2.
Jaimie Iaquinto pitched nine innings for the complete game victory while striking out three, walking three, and giving up two earned runs. Kelly Wall went 3-4 in the game.