Bobcats continue early season slide after dropping two more to Monmouth


Photo: Liz Flynn

Noah Epstein and Jason Hirsch

Game One:

After getting swept by Monmouth in both games on Friday, the Quinnipiac softball team lost the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader to Monmouth 12-0 in 5 innings.

Julia Woeste was the losing pitcher for the Bobcats, and Alyssa Irons was the winning pitcher for the Hawks.

The Hawks didn’t waste any time getting the scoring going, as Erika Coreth and Tommi Stowers hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning to give Monmouth a 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats, however, went down 1-2-3 in the first. Irons looked sharp from the beginning, and she recorded three strikeouts in the second inning to follow up her dominant first.

Monmouth struck again in the third inning, scoring a run on three hits. Two of those hits came off the bat of Coreth and Stowers once again. The Hawks led the Bobcats 2-0 going into the fourth inning.

This inning is when everything fell apart for Quinnipiac and everything went perfectly for Monmouth.

After Devin Coia lined out to start the inning, 13 consecutive Hawks reached base. In total, Monmouth sent 15 batters to the plate in the inning.

The Hawks scored 10 runs on 8 hits, and finally ended when pinch hitter Abby Warner flew out to center field. The score was now 12-0, which ended up being the final.

That wrapped up the afternoon for Julia Woeste, going four innings and giving up 12 runs on 13 hits. She had a very hard time getting out of the fourth inning, and only recorded one strikeout.

Kayla Jensen took over for Woeste in the fifth inning. Jensen got out of the inning after letting two runners on base, without surrendering a run.

As for the Hawks, it was pure dominance. Irons went four innings also, and she gave up no runs on one hit. Antonia Browning replaced Irons and closed out the game in the fifth.

Monmouth had five players with multiple RBIs in the game (Coreth, Stowers, Julia Theur, Lindsey Baron and Deangie Jimenez). It also had four players with multiple hits (Coreth, Stowers, Theur and Katie Harrington).

Game Two:

Mercifully, the four-game weekend series with the Monmouth Hawks (7-1, 7-1) came to an end on Saturday, as the Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-7, 1-7) fell in the second game of a doubleheader, 7-4, extending their losing to streak to seven in a row.

After getting mercy-ruled 12-0 in the first game, the Bobcats looked to start out with a little energy and build some momentum behind their captain Kayla Jensen, who both started on the mound and led off for the Bobcats.

After a quick 1-2-3 inning, Jensen got on base and later scored following a sacrifice fly by Katherine Rodriguez to put the Bobcats up 1-0 early.

Rodriguez and Jensen have had to be the catalysts all season so for this young Bobcats lineup — one of the reasons why the Bobcats have struggled to win games.

The Hawks really seized control at that point, scoring five runs in the top of the second to go up ahead 5-1.

A combination of passed balls and errors extended the inning, but make no mistake about it, the trio of Julie Thuer, Katie Harrington and Lindsey Baron was a thorn in the Bobcats paw all weekend.

If the Bobcats want to get better, they cannot have innings where they give up a crooked number on the scoreboard.

Coach Hillary Smith knows that while the Bobcats are young, that given some time to grow and adapt to the college game, they can give much better showings than we have seen thus far in the season.

“We’re really young, we probably have about 14 or 15 freshmen,” Smith said. “I think that they just need to be able to grow and realize that this is the same game that they have always played.”

Baron hammered the final nail into the Bobcats coffin with a two-run single in the fifth to put the Hawks up 7-1.

The Bobcats did find a little bit of a late rally effort in them with a combination of runs batted in by Rodriguez, Kayla Thomas and Bridget Nasir in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it was too little too late by then.

The Bobcats will have a few days off before they try to regroup with a two-game slate at Manhattan on Wednesday.