Quinnipiac Softball Struggles Continue, Canisius Completes Weekend Sweep


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Noah Epstein and Jason Hirsch

Game Three: 

After getting swept by Canisius in the doubleheader on Saturday, the Bobcats lost to the Golden Griffins 7-4 in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. 

Quinnipiac trailed from the very beginning of the game, as Gianna Fazzolari hit a 2-run home run off Bobcats pitcher Julia Woeste to make it 2-0 Golden Griffins in the first inning.

Canisius added on another run in the third inning, and their bats exploded in the fourth. The big blow for the Bobcats was a bases-clearing triple by Canisius’ Kara Paradowski to make it 6-0. Morgan Altman then followed that up with an RBI single to take a seven run lead.

Unlike the two previous games against Canisius, Quinnipiac’s bats came to life in this one. It wasn’t until the fifth inning, but they scored four runs and nearly batted around the order. The runs were manufactured from a Kayla Thomas RBI double, a Woeste RBI single, and a Kayla Jensen 2-RBI double. 

Alexis Churchill came in to relieve Canisius starting pitcher Megan Giese in the fifth. Churchill allowed the Jensen 2-RBI double, but the runs were charged to Giese. Giese had an outstanding outing until that inning, as she threw four hitless innings. She picked up the win, which is her third of the year. Churchill got the save, pitching 2.2 innings and striking out four batters.

For Quinnipiac, Woeste had issues getting out of the fourth and her command was a bit off as well. She walked four batters in the five innings she pitched, and allowed seven hits and runs. Tori McGraw relieved Woeste, and she would’ve thrown a perfect two innings if not for an error by Brighid Douglas. McGraw didn’t allow a hit and kept it a three run game for the last couple innings.

Quinnipiac has now lost three games in a row, all to Canisius, and look to salvage the four game series in game two on Sunday as they dropped to 7-20 this season. 



Game Four: 

Good teams find ways to win games, and bad teams find ways to lose games. During the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Canisius Golden Griffins, the Bobcats let everyone know why they are the latter, losing 4-0.

One area that the Bobcats have had struggles with this season have been on the mound, having a 6.17 earned run average as a team. 

Freshman Tori McGraw pitched more than well enough though to give the Bobcats a chance to split Sunday’s doubleheader, throwing seven innings while surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. 

An inability to string together hits combined with carelessness defensively have proven time and time again to be a real thorn in the Bobcats paws throughout this season, and it showed up once again today. 

Freshman Sydney Costan scored on a wild pitch in the second inning to open the scoring before the Golden Griffins broke the game open on a pair of RBI singles from Kara Paradowski and Morgan Altman to make it 3-0 in the fifth. 

The tandem of junior Alexis Churchill [4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K] and senior Emily Nicosia [3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K] shut down the Bobcats and their less-than-optimal .211 team batting average from start to finish, as the Bobcats continue to struggle to find ways to manufacture runs outside of Katherine Rodriguez, Kayla Jensen, and Cy Gonzalez

The Bobcats will try and put their four-game losing streak behind them as they head up the road to Fairfield for a two-game doubleheader on Wednesday.