Bobcats Sweep Broncs
HAMDEN, CT -- Sophomore Brianna Parisio (Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville War Memorial) went 2-3 in Game 1 with an RBI and stolen base and was one of four Broncs with two hits on the day, but Quinnipiac swept the Rider University softball team in their second MAAC doubleheader of the season, 5-2, and 2-0. Rider falls to 3-22 (0-4 MAAC) as the Bobcats improve to 12-15 (3-1 MAAC).
The first of the twinbill began as a pitchers’ duel between freshman Emily Oltman (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) and Casey Herzog of the Bobcats, with just two hits between the teams in the first three and a half innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Rebecca Drake began a run of five straight batters to reach base for Quinnipiac, as three runners scored off of a deep double to left field, a fielder’s choice, and a Delany DeMello (Roseville, CA/Roseville) error at third base. The Broncs got two back in the top of the fifth to make it a 3-2 game with a Parisio RBI single and subsequent stolen base, which resulted in the Quinnipiac catcher overthrowing second base. This allowed senior Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) to score. Quinnipiac added an additional run in the fifth and sixth for the final line.
The second game began with a bang for the Bobcats as leadoff hitter Miranda Magana homered for a quick 1-0 lead off of senior starter Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park, NJ/Passaic Valley). Drake then doubled to left field and allowed Magana to score her second run of the game in the home half of the third inning for the final score.
Oltman took the loss in Game 1, throwing three and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs and five hits while striking out three batters with no walks.
Kallert had the Game 2 decision, also allowing five hits and two earned runs in two and a third innings. She also had three strikeouts.
BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
Four Broncs had two hits on the day, with three obtaining this mark in just one game. Parisio had two singles in Game 1 while sophomore Ellie Oruska (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnet Valley) and freshman Sabrina Torres (Clifton, NJ/Paramus Catholic) added theirs in Game 2’s effort. Sophomore Kiera Swank had a single in Games 1 and 2.
Freshman Elyse Cuttic (Easton, PA/Bethlehem Catholic) went 1-2 with a walk and run scored in Game 1 as the DP before throwing three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief in Game 2, allowing just three hits and striking out two Bobcat hitters.
ON DECKThe Broncs will travel to Newark, Delaware to take on the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware on Wednesday. The doubleheader starts at 3 pm.