Softball Splits Day One Of Stony Brook Invitational

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Senior Kim Le Bel (Quincy, Mass.) knocked in the team's lone run of the day as the Quinnipiac University softball team split in the first day of the Stony Brook Invitational. The Bobcats dropped the first game of the day, 1-0, to tournament-host Stony Brook before defeating Yale, 2-1, in extra innings later in the day. Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) earned her second win in as many appearances as Quinnipiac's record now stands at 8-12 on the season.

Sophomore outfielder Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) tallied the lone Bobcat hit in the first game against the Seawolves. Duffy singled in the top of the sixth inning but was called out at second base when she tried to stretch the hit to a double. Junior Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) stole second in the same inning, good for her first stolen base of the 2010 season.

Stony Brook scored their lone run in the seventh inning to earn the victory. Senior infielder Vicky Kavitsky started the inning with a double down the left field line before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt in the following play. With two outs on the board, senior Casey Jacobs singled through the right side to drive Kavitsky into score the game's only run.

Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched the complete game for Quinnipiac against the Seawolves. Schwartzburg allowed just three hits in the loss, and struck out 11 batters in her ninth complete game of the season. Her record now stands at 5-4 on the year.

The Bobcats and the Bulldogs battled through six scoreless innings before each team scored one run apiece in the seventh. Yale struck first as freshman Liz Tutino started the inning with a single to right field, allowing junior Katie Yanagisawa to pinch run. Yanagisawa moved to third on a ground out followed by a wild pitch. In the next play, Mariclaire Rebman scored Yanagisawa on a single to right center to earn a brief 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning when Bellush blasted her second homerun of the season into centerfield to tie the game at one. The senior stepped up to the plate with two outs on the board and no runners on base and smacked a solo-shot to force extra innings.

Two innings later, the Quinnipiac earned a runner in scoring position to start the inning due to the international-run rule. Junior Julie Sini (Elgin, Tex.) was placed on second base to kick off the bottom of the ninth and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Amenda (Milford, Conn.). Two plays later, Le Bel singled to third base to drive Sini home for the 2-1 victory.

Bellush earned her second win of the season against the Bulldogs. She pitched the complete nine innings for Quinnipiac, allowing just five hits and one walk on the day.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow when they take on Fairfield and Holy Cross in day two of the Stony Brook Invitational. Quinnipiac will take on Fairfield at 10 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. start with Holy Cross.