Quinnipiac Softball Splits Doubleheader With Iona


(Photo: Liz Flynn)

Gage Kilborne

Quinnipiac and Iona met in a doubleheader in Hamden on Wednesday. The Gaels’ offense took care of business in Game 1 as they were able to defeat Quinnipiac 6-0. In Game 2, the Bobcats got their revenge as Kayla Jensen led the way with a 3-4 performance at the plate.

In the first inning, Jensen led off with a double and made it to third base on the throw. One batter later, Katherine Rodriguez hit a blast that almost left the ballpark, scoring Jensen easily from third base. This led to a three-run first inning as Kayla Thomas added another RBI to her impressive total. She now has six RBI’s in her last four games.

Meanwhile, in the circle, Tori McGraw pitched a complete-game gem, only allowing one run on three hits. This lowered her ERA to a 4.03 on the season. Outside of her injury, she has been a great reinforcer on the circle to help back up Julia Woeste and Jensen.

The offensive outburst continued as the Bobcats found themselves in a great position with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the third. Quinnipiac was able to tack on four more runs, further extending their lead to 7-0. The nine-hole hitter, Cy Gonzalez, led the way that inning by making a clutch hit to bring home two runs for the Bobcats.

One inning later, Brighid Douglas brought home Sydney Tedim from second to give Quinnipiac an 8-0 cushion. Later that inning, they tacked on one more thanks to Gonzalez’s RBI single that brought home Douglas.

The Gaels were able to strike for one run in the top of the 5th but the game was still marked as a Bobcat victory, winning 9-1 in 5 innings. This was a monumental win for Quinnipiac as it marks their first home win on the season in eight games. The Bobcats improved their record to 4-14 on the year, while Iona drops to 10-7.

Now that Quinnipiac has a healthy bullpen, the team is playing better and trusting their pitching staff to get the job done. The hitters are also starting to gain confidence, as the team went 14-26 for the game. This was a consistent hitting lineup from top to bottom.

The Bobcats will travel to New Jersey this weekend as they are getting ready to play a four-game series against the 0-7 St. Peter’s Peacocks.