SOFTBALL DEFEATED BY QUINNIPIAC, 4-1
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Christine Scherr (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) and Kayleena Flores (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) had two hits each, but the Monmouth University softball team fell to second-seeded Quinnipiac, 4-1, Friday afternoon at the North Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Hawks conclude their season at 24-20, while the Bobcats (31-17) advance to play top-seeded Robert Morris in an elimination game at approximately 3:30 p.m. today.
Lauren Sulick (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) took the loss in the circle for the Hawks, allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks in going the full six innings. Chelsea Paprocki (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) was named to the All-Tournament Team after driving in all three Monmouth runs in the tournament, including one in today's game.
The Bobcats got on the board first with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. The first two batters reached on a pair of throwing errors before moving up on a sacrifice bunt and plating a run on a groundout. Another QU run scored in the second inning when Ashley Heiberger was hit by a pitch, moved two bases on consecutive sacrifice bunts and scored on a passed ball.
The Hawks got a run back on Paprocki's two-out RBI single to left with the bases loaded in the fourth, scoring Kayla Weiser (Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area). But Kate Kuzma (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck) was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on the play, leaving the one-run Hawks deficit.
QU added some insurance in the sixth, when the first two batters reached on singles. The runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. On the play, the Hawks went for the force at third, but the throw reached the fence in foul ground, allowing the third QU run to score. Another run scored on a one-out bloop single to shallow right.
The Hawks brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Monmouth couldn't bring across a run, ending the game.