NORFOLK, Va. - Sophomore second baseman Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Quinnipiac University softball team defeated Rider University, 9-1, in their final game of the Norfolk State Invitational this morning. Sophomore pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) threw the complete game for the Bobcats as their record improves 3-3 overall this season. With the loss, Rider's record drops to 1-6 on the year.
"We played a great game this morning," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "Schwartzburg had a great performance from the circle, and our offense was strong. It's encouraging that all our hard work we put in during practice is coming through in our play this early in the season. I think we played a great weekend, one of the best I've seen in our history."
Quinnipiac opened the scoring in the top of the second when senior Heather Maffeo (Milton, Mass.) and Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) drew back-to-back walks with two outs on the board. In the following play, senior Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) singled into right center field to bring Salgado and Maffeo around to score.
In the fourth inning, with Casella and Salgado on first and second, Murray hit her third double of the season to bring Salgado across home plate. Two batters later, senior Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) singled to drive Casella and Murray home, earning a 6-1 lead heading into the fifth.
The Bobcats tallied three more runs in the sixth and final inning of the game, two of them unearned. Salgado capitalized on fielder and catcher errors after Casella bunted in the second play of the inning, crossing the plate for the third time in the game to put the Bobcats up 7-1. Murray drove Casella home in the following play with an RBI-single to left. Rider pitcher, Rachael Matreale, walked the next three Quinnipiac batters, bringing Murray home to finish the game with nine runs.
Schwartzburg pitched six innings for the Bobcats in her second win of the season, allowing just four hits while striking out six batters. Matreale pitched 5.1 innings for the Broncs, earning two runs and striking out six as well.
Quinnipiac returns to action next week when they play in the University of South Florida's Under Armor Invitational in Tampa. The Bobcats will play in 11 games in a nine-day span, starting off on Friday, March 5 against Austin Peay at 10:30 a.m.