|Paige Giunta drove home the winner in game two|
Quinnipiac 4 (5)
The Monmouth Hawks and Quinnipiac Bobcats split a MAAC doubleheader Easter Sunday in Hamden, CT.
Monmouth and Quinnipiac had met many times over the years, including a few times in the postseason, but this was their first matchup as MAAC schools. Game one was essentially over before the hometown Bobcats even came up to bat, with Monmouth putting up ten runs in a first inning onslaught. A bases loaded walk started the parade of runs, but it was Kayleena Flores' bases loaded triple that was the big hit of the inning. Rachel Shotzbarger drove home three runs in two different at bats for the Hawks; Vanessa Cardoza also drove home a pair of runs and suddenly Monmouth was up 10-0. They would go up 14-0 before Quinnipiac added four cosmetic runs in the fifth inning. Sydney Underhill earned the win for Monmouth, while Sydney Robey suffered the loss, although only four of Monmouth's 14 runs were earned.
Game two began with Monmouth again jumping to a quick lead, scoring twice in the top of the first inning, with RBIs coming from Justene Reyes and Kayleena Flores. But this time, Quinnipiac slowed the Hawk attack a bit, and responded, scoring in the bottom of the same inning thanks to Jordan Paolucci's RBI single. Nikki Barba's RBI single in the bottom of the second inning then pulled Quinnipiac into a 2-2 tie. Monmouth however would carry a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning after Alicia DeSanto doubled home two runs in the fourth inning, and Justene Reyes added another RBI to her stats in the sixth inning. But after never holding a lead all day long, Quinnipiac then set off on a seventh inning rally that would keep them in contention in the MAAC. Nikki Barba led off with a home run over the left field fence to cut the Monmouth lead to 5-3. After a walk to Abby Johnson, and a wild pitch which allowed her to take second base, Jordan Paolucci singled to right to cut the lead to 5-4. Jordan's pinch runner Brittney Cyr was then moved to second base with a ground out, allowing Hannah Lindsley to tie the game when she singled to center. Hannah then scored when Paige Giunta hit a long double, giving Quinnipiac the 6-5 win. Katie Alfiere picked up the win in relief; Sydney Underhill suffered the loss. Nikki Barba was 3 for 4 with that homer for the Bobcats.
Monmouth is now 6-6 in the MAAC, and sits in 6th place, which is the final qualifying spot. Quinnipiac is now 5-9.