Katie Allendorfer drove in nine runs and Heather Schwartzburg earned both wins in the Bobcats sweep of the Wagner Seahawks in Saturday’s doubleheader. In game one, the Bobcats won 8-2 followed by a game two victory with a final of 10-4.
Schwartzburg rescues in relief
In game one, the Seahawks took advantage of starter Jamie Iaquinto. Wagner was able to get two of the first three hitters of the game on board before Iaquinto was pulled in favor of Schwartzburg. But Wagner’s Jaclyn Vanore hit a single with the bases loaded off Schwartzburg, scoring Emily Pierce and Andrea Lazzari, putting the Seahawks ahead 2-0.
Wagner starter Kaelynn Armento was unhittable over the first 2 innings, but in the third the Bobcats exploded by scoring three runs and they never looked back. Just an inning later, Kelly Wall blasted a three-run home run to left field, her second of the season. Then one batter later, Allendorfer hit her fifth home run of the season to put Quinnipiac on top 7-2.
Jessica Amenda and Joelle Jacobson each went 3-for-4 in the game and Amenda tallied two RBIs. Schwartzburg totaled 10 strikeouts in game one over 5 2-3 innings pitched.
Bobcats’ bat bounce back
In game two, Schwartzburg came out again, this time in a starting role. After getting the first two hitters out, she gave up a solo homerun to the dangerous Andre Lazzari, who was honored as part of the festivities of senior day prior to the game. For Lazzari, it was her team leading 10th home run of the season and it put the Seahawks up early again.
In the third, Schwartzburg faced more trouble as Amanda DeLancellotti blasted her first homerun of the season to give the Seahawks a commanding 4-0 lead
But Schwartzburg settled down, and only allowed two of the next 11 hitters to reach base. Emily Bellush pitched a scoreless ninth. Despite her early struggles, Schwartzburg finished the day with 18 total strikeouts.
Offensively, Quinnipiac again got out to a slow start, but in the third, Angela Casella got the ball rolling with a single. Wall helped bring runners home with a two-run double, and Allendorfer’s sacrifice fly scored Amenda. The Bobcats tacked on one more run to tie the game at four.
In the fifth, Allendorfer again went yard, but this time it was good for three runs to put the Bobcats up 7-4. After Bullush’s second double of the game, Jacobson got in on the act with an RBI single to give Quinnipiac a four run cushion, and they never looked back, winning 10-4.
It was the second time this season that Schwartzburg won both games in a doubleheader, as she conquered the feat on April 4. The two wins improve her record to 12-11 on the season, and she leads the team with a staggering 1.46 earned run average.
Quinnipiac improves their record to 14-24 overall and 6-4 in the NEC, while the Seahawks fall to 15-25 overall and 3-9 in conference play.
The Bobcats will take the field again on Sunday to take on the Long Island Blackbirds at 11 a.m. in a doubleheader, while the Seahawks will take on CCSU in a doubleheader slated to start at noon.