February 22, 2010

Softball Falls In Games Against Fordham And Longwood This Afternoon

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Sophomore second baseman Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) knocked in three runs and hit two doubles as the Quinnipiac University softball team fell in both games played this afternoon. The Bobcats fell first to Fordham University, 6-1, followed by a close 6-5 loss to Longwood University in the second game of the day. The Bobcats current record is 0-2 on the 2010 season.

"I thought our team did great today," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "They did a great job settling from the first game and transitioned well into the second. I think the highlight of the day was how well they adjusted to the field conditions, as this was our first time playing outside this season."

In the first game against Fordham, the Bobcats' lone run came in the top of the 6th inning. Murray got the inning started with the first double of her career into right-center. Two batters later with one out on the board, senior outfielder Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) drove Murray home with an RBI-double into right field, the eighth of her career. Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) earned the only other base-running opportunities for the Bobcats, as went 1-for-2 on the day with a double.

Fordham scored three of their six runs in the third inning, as three unearned runs crossed the plate in the top of the inning. The Rams recorded one earned run in the first inning, and two more in the seventh to solidify the 6-1 win.

Sophomore pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched seven innings from the circle for the Bobcats against Fordham. The right-hander allowed eight hits and just one earned run while striking out seven in the game.

Quinnipiac's offense surged early in the game against Longwood. The Bobcats scored all five runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead on the Lancers. Murray smacked a three-run double in the second for the first RBI of her career. Casella continued her offensive momentum from the first game, as she went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Freshman Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) went 2-4 on the day with a stolen base and a run scored, while fellow freshman Kortney Kessess (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 1-2 on the day with a walk.

Pitchers Jaimie Iaquinto (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Bellush split time from the circle in game two against the Lancers. Iaquinto pitched two innings and allowed three earned runs, while Bellush pitched the remaining five innings and allowed one earned run.

The Bobcats return to action next weekend next weekend when they compete in the Norfolk State Invitational. Quinnipiac will kick off the tournament when they play tournament-host Norfolk State on Friday evening at 7 p.m.