April 14, 2010

Softball Hosts Fairfield Thursday At 3:30 P.M.

Third Time's the Charm
For the third time this season, the Quinnipiac University softball team will take on intra-state opponent, Fairfield University in a non-conference game. The Bobcats and the Stags have already played at Fairfield and at a neutral site in 2010, and will meet again on Thursday at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. Quinnipiac most recently dropped a non-conference game against Connecticut on April 13.

Scouting the Stags
Since their last meeting with Quinnipiac on April 8, Fairfield posted two wins against St. Peter's on April 10, improving their overall season record to 15-13. The team also posts a 2-0 record in MAAC conference play. The Stags are led by senior outfielder Dani Griswold who bats .393 on the year with 35 hits and 20 runs scored. Junior RHP Sarah Minice leads the team from the circle with a 3.25 ERA and 105 strikeouts.

This Season against the Stags
The Bobcats are 1-1 against Fairfield this season, earning a 4-3 victory on Mar. 20 in the Stony Brook Invitational and dropping a 7-1 contest at Fairfield on April 8. Bobcats' freshman Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) was strong in both games against the Stags, pitching the complete game in the Stony Brook Invitational while tallying a two-run single in the sixth inning to lead Quinnipiac to victory. Alba also gave Fairfield trouble last week, as she broke up Minice's no-hitter with one out to go in the top of the seventh. Her single up the middle resulted in the lone run scored for the Bobcats.

Ring the Bell
Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) tallied her second double of the season against the UConn yesterday afternoon, driving in her 12th RBI of the year. Bellush also started from the circle against the Huskies, pitching in her 18th appearance of 2010.

Kelly Keepin' On
Third baseman Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) tallied the other RBI for the Bobcats against UConn on April 13. Wall went 1-for-3 on the day with a walk, and drove in the first run of the game with a single up the middle in the top of the fourth. Wall currently ranks second on the team in RBI (13) and ties to rank first on the team in homeruns with three.

All Aboard For Allendorfer
Senior Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) has started all 36 games this season batting in the three spot for the Bobcats and has put up the stats to back up that position. Allendorfer posts stellar numbers in all situations involving runners on base, as she bats .393 with runners in scoring position, bats .889 with a runner on third and less than two outs on the board, and .343 with a runner on third with two outs. The senior has advanced 15 runners on the year and records a .536 batting average in situations where she can advance base runners.

Five Down...11 to Go
Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched 2.2 innings of relief against UConn on April 13th, striking out five more batters in the effort. Schwartzburg is 11 strikeouts away from matching the Quinnipiac single-season record she set last season when she fanned 206 batters as a rookie. She is 73 K's away from the Northeast Conference single-season record, set by Robert Morris' Lauren Dickinson, who struck out 273 batters in 2001.

From the Pitch
The Bobcats' pitching rotation is one of the best in the NEC, ranking in the top five of twelve teams in ten different pitching categories. The team leads the conference in opposing batting (.231), batters struck out (237) and batters struck out looking (64), while ranking third in team ERA (2.37) and wins (18). Quinnipiac also ties to lead the conference in the least homeruns allowed with 11.