Quinnipiac Softball Swept by Monmouth


(Photo: Liz Flynn)

Aiden Barrett

Quinnipiac softball dropped all four games this weekend against the Monmouth Hawks, falling to 1-7 on the season.

Over the weekend the Bobcats were outscored 41 to eight over the four games they played. After losing 16-3 and 6-1 on Friday, they followed that up with a 12-0 loss and a 7-4 loss.

The common theme among these games was a much better second game. After being blown out by double digits in the first game of each day they followed each game up with much more respectable scores.

“Go back to our core values,” head coach Hillary Smith said. “Focus on the little things and always just be excited about small victories and if we’re excited about small victories the big picture always winds up happenings.”

After a lost weekend there were some bright spots. The play of sophomore Katherine Rodriguez is improving and she is emerging as one of the stars of this team. She went five for 11 on the weekend putting her at 12 of 25 on the season.

“We knew that getting Kat was a big-time deal, she’s a big-time player,” Smith said. “It was just a matter of time for her to be able to shine so I’m glad she’s stepping up and being the player we knew she would be when she came here.”

In game one, Quinnipiac played an even three innings trailing Monmouth by just one. After that it fell apart, with the Bobcats being outscored 12 to zero. Senior Katie Hendeson was the story of the game, scoring three times for the Hawks.

In game two, the Bobcats weren’t able to get much going offensively but held the Hawks to just six runs.

The whole game on Saturday was the fourth inning. The Hawks put up 10 of their 12 runs on the day in the top of the fourth, resulting in just a five-inning game.

In the second game of the day, the Bobcats fought hard. After falling down 7-1, Quinnipiac got runs from junior Hannah Davis, senior Kayla Jensen, and first-year Kayla Thompson. Ultimately it wasn’t enough as senior Alyssa Irons shut the door for Monmouth giving them the 7-4 win.

Quinnipiac will look to get back on track and snap its seven-game win streak against the Manhattan Jaspers on Wednesday.