Schwartzburg Breaks Program Strikeout Record As Softball Splits Doubleheader With Mount

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) broke the Quinnipiac University softball season-strikeout record this afternoon as she fanned eight batters in a doubleheader with Mount St. Mary's. Schwartzburg fanned eight batters on the day to boost her season total to 214 strikeouts which breaks the record she set last season when she struck out 206. The Bobcats dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3, and posted a 5-6 victory in game two. Seniors Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) and Kim Le Bel (Quincy, Mass.) each homered on the day as Quinnipiac's record improves to 21-20 on the year with a 8-4 mark in Northeast Conference play.

The Bobcats scattered three runs across the first three innings against the Mount in game one. The team opened up the scoring in the top of the first as the first two batters, Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) and Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) reached on a walk and a single to left. Senior Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) advanced the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt, but Murray was picked off at third base by the Mountaineers' catcher. Despite the out, Salgado was brought around to score in the following play on a single by Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) to take a 1-0 lead.

Mount St. Mary's responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, with the offensive efforts led by sophomore Taylor Beebe's two-run double to right. Nikki Reeder scored the third run of the inning for the Mount, on an Erin Leddy single to right.

Wall smacked her second homerun in as many days to pull the Bobcats within one run of the Mount lead. The senior's fifth homer of the season was a shot to left center to make the score 3-2.

Murray opened the third inning in similar fashion to the first, earning her second walk of the game. She was advanced to second by a Salgado sacrifice bunt, and was scored on an Allendorfer single to left to tie the game at three. The RBI was Allendorfer's team-leading 24th of the season.

Two scoreless innings went by before the Mount tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for the victory. Leddy continued her strong offensive presence as she hit a two-run double to center field to take a 5-3 lead. She scored in the following play from third on a wild pitch to take a three-run lead, followed by Ashley Lodato who scored on a Liz Christiansen single to left.

Alba started game one for Quinnipiac, earning seven runs on six hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Alba struck out three in the effort. Schwartzburg came in for 1.1 innings of relief, where she struck out three to set a new Quinnipiac single-season strikeout record. She allowed one hit in the appearance.

Junior Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) scored the first run for Quinnipiac in game two, crossing the plate in the top of the second for an early 1-0 lead. Brzezinski reached base on a fielder's choice play and was scored from first on a double by senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.).

Two more runs crossed in the top of the third, with Murray and Alba reaching base on walks to open the inning. Both runners picked up a stolen base in the inning, placing Murray on third and Alba on second with two outs on the board and Wall at the plate. Wall picked up her second RBI of the day as she singled to shortstop to score Murray from third. Brzezinski knocked in the second run, scoring Alba in the following play on a single to third to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

Le Bel recorded her second homerun of the season in the top of the sixth to extend the team's lead to 5-0 over the Mount. The senior stepped to the plate with fellow senior Heather Maffeo (Milton, Mass.) at first and drove the ball over the left-field fence for the two-run tally.

It took just one inning for Mount St. Mary's to even the score in the bottom of the sixth. Beebe hit her second two-run double of the day to bolster the effort, while Reeder, Leddy and Amanda Buckel also driving in runs to tie the game at five.

The Bobcats didn't allow the lead for long, as Bellush recorded her second RBI of the day in the top of the seventh to score the game-winning run. With Brzezinski on first and Alba on second, Bellush came to bat and singled down the right field line to bring Alba around from second to score and finalize the score at 6-5.

Schwartzburg pitched the complete second game for Quinnipiac, earning four runs on three hits in the seven-inning effort. Schwartzburg struck out five in game two, picking up her 15th win of the year.

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday, April 20, when they travel to take on UMass-Amherst in a non-conference doubleheader. The twinbill is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.