Thursday, May 12, 2016

Casey At The Bat (And In The Circle)!

Quinnipiac's Casey Herzog celebrates Bobcat win
Quinnipiac 1
Manhattan 0

The 6th seed Quinnipiac Bobcats upset the 2nd seed Manhattan Jaspers Thursday at the MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, New York.

This mighty Casey did NOT strike out...

The Quinnipiac Bobcats continued their Cinderella run in the MAACs today, once again relying on the outstanding pitching which got them to the postseason. Sydney Robey shutout Canisius Wednesday. Thursday Casey Herzog, pitching within minutes of her hometown of Wappinger's Falls, tossed a brilliant four-hit shutout over the Jaspers. Half of those hits were surrendered to perennial All-MAACer Elena Bowman; but those were just singles. Manhattan had just one good chance to score, in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners at the corners, Manhattan's Lauren Pitney hit a fly ball right at center fielder Keilani Finley, who promptly threw a bullet to home, holding pinch runner Madison Bailey fast to the bag. Catcher Dani Edmands then gunned a throw to second base, which caught Jenn Vazquez, and ended the inning with a double play.

The Bobcats got their offense going in the top of the seventh after being held in check by Manhattan pitcher Briana Matazinsky for most of the game. After two outs in that inning, a walk was issued to Erin Larsen; this was quickly followed by Dani Edmands' single, which moved Erin to third base. Up to the plate stepped Casey Herzog. She sent a solid single to center for the go ahead run! When Casey entered the circle for the bottom of the seventh inning, you could see she was dripping with confidence. She quickly retired the Jaspers in order, causing a jubilation coming at her consisting of her QU teammates, and also causing QU to advance to the winners' bracket on Friday! The Bobcats will have two chances to get one win to advance to Championship Saturday.

Note: The Bobcats have now pitched four consecutive shutouts, and five in their last six games.

Photo courtesy of QU Bobcats

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