The Quinnipiac University softball team will head back to the University of South Florida to compete in the Under Armour Showcase this weekend, the second consecutive tournament hosted by the Bulls. The Bobcats will start the weekend with two games on Friday, Mar. 12, starting the day against Central Michigan at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. start against Pittsburgh. In its last outing, Quinnipiac split a doubleheader with Toledo on Mar. 9.
Central Michigan posts a 4-6 record on the year, most recently defeating Penn State, 5-2, on Mar. 9. Sophomore infielder Molly Coldren currently leads the team offensively as she bats a .406 on the year with 13 hits and eight RBI. Freshman RHP Kara Dornbos leads the team from the circle as she posts a 2.33 ERA through 24 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts on the year.
Pitt posts a 6-7 record thus far in the 2010 season, defeating Morehead State, 3-2, in their last outing at the Morehead State Tournament. Junior outfielder Ashley Amistade posts a .350 batting average through 13 games played, with 14 hits and seven runs scored. Junior Cory Berliner records a 1.31 ERA in five appearances for the Panthers while holding opposing batters to a .241 batting average.
Boston College holds a .500 record so far this season, posting a 7-7 overall record. The Eagles most recently lost to Harvard, 4-0, in the Central Florida Tournament on Mar. 7. Senior second baseman Renee Ramos leads the Eagles offensively batting .441 with 15 hits and 10 RBI. Freshman RHP Nicole D'Argento posts a 1.51 ERA through five appearances for Boston College, with 40 strikeouts on the year.
Drake has compiled a 9-5 record so far this season, most recently defeating Eastern Illinois, 3-0, in the Razorback Invitational. The Bulldogs are led by junior catcher Erin Mollohan, who bats .341 in 14 games played with 14 hits and seven RBI this season. Junior LHP Brynne Dordel holds a 5-1 record from the circle this season for Drake, posting a 1.31 ERA with 47 strikeouts. Junior RHP Jenna DeLong registers a 1.99 ERA through seven appearances with 70 strikeouts.
St. Joseph's posts a 6-5 record thus far on the 2010 season, dropping their last game to Penn State, 6-3, in the Under Armour Invitational. Freshman catcher Rochelle Christman leads the team through 11 games, posting a .367 batting average with 11 hits and five runs scored. Sophomore RHP Erin Gallagher has appeared in all eleven games for the Hawks this season, recording a 2.80 ERA with 50 strikeouts.
The Bobcats will play five games over three days in the Under Armour Showcase, playing two games on Friday and Saturday, and one game on Sunday. Quinnipiac will take on Central Michigan and Pittsburgh in day one, playing at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., followed by 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. starts against Boston College and Drake on Saturday. The final game will be played against St. Joseph's on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday's game will conclude the Bobcats' 11-game stint in Florida.
Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) struck out 15 batters in game one of the doubleheader against Toledo on Mar. 9. Schwartzburg pitched the complete first game against the Rockets, which went into extra innings due to a tie, and earned her third win of the year when the Bobcats scored in the ninth inning. The 15 strikeouts was a career-high for the sophomore, as her previous game-high mark was 12. Schwartzburg also pitched two innings in game-two, relieving senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) in the fifth inning.
Bring Her In
Bellush drove in the Bobcats' winning run in game one against Toledo on Tuesday. With freshman Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) positioned on third base with one out on the board, Bellush smacked a sacrifice fly to drive in the speedy freshman and game-winning run for the victory in the ninth inning.
Senior catcher Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) had a great day offensively for Quinnipiac in the doubleheader against Toledo. Allendorfer went 1-3 in game one with a single and a run scored. In the second game, the senior went 2-3 with an RBI and a run-scored.
Freshman Alejandra Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) picked up the second double of her career in game one against the Rockets. Alba also picked up an RBI on the play, as the hit drove around Allendorfer for the Bobcats first run of the day.
Junior outfielder Julie Sini (Elgin, Tex.) tallied her first hit of the season against Toledo in game two where the Bobcats posted eight runs against the Rockets. Sini hit a two-run single for the Bobcats good for the 18th hit of her career.
Several players contributed to the Bobcats' offensive surge in game two against Toledo. Salgado went 2-3 with a run scored, senior Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored and senior Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.