HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman shortstop Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) and sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) have each earned weekly awards from the Northeast Conference, as announced by the league office this afternoon. Alba was named this week's Akadema/Northeast Conference Player and Rookie of the Week while Schwartzburg earns Pitcher of the Week honors. This is the first time Alba has been recognized by the NEC for a weekly award, and it's the third time for Schwartzburg this season.
Alba concluded the regular season on a high note, going 5-for-7 from the plate with six RBI in the Bobcats' final regular-season doubleheader at Fairleigh Dickinson on May 8. The rookie went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in game one, and drove in three RBI. Two of those runs were scored in the fourth inning when Alba smacked her second homerun of the 2010 season, a two-run shot to center to bolster the 7-4 victory. In game two, Alba continued her offensive contribution, driving in all three Quinnipiac runs in the win. She went 3-for-4 in that game and tallied a two-run single in the top of the seventh to take a 3-1 lead over the Knights for the sweep. Currently, Alba leads the team in batting average (.329), hits (46) and slugging percentage (.429).
Schwartzburg earns this week's NEC pitching award after recording both wins against Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday. The sophomore entered game one in the third inning and pitched the remaining 4.2 innings where the Bobcats went on to win 7-4. Schwartzburg earned one run on one hit allowed in the first game, and struck out five batters. She fanned five more in game two, where she pitched her 19th complete game of the 2010 season. In that game, Schwartzburg earned one run on three hits and walked two. The two victories combined to give the sophomore her 19th and 20th wins of the season. Schwartzburg is only the second Quinnipiac softball player to register 20 wins in a season and is the first to do so since Michelle Boisvert posted 21 wins in the 1995 season.
Coming up, the Bobcats will head to the Northeast Conference Championship for the first time since 2007, as they finished the year with a 15-5 record in conference action. The record finished the team in third place out of four teams heading into the postseason tournament, which will be played at Fairleigh Dickinson University on May 14 and 15.