Paolucci And Schwartzburg Turn In Record-Breaking Performances In 2-0 Win Against Fairfield
HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) broke the Quinnipiac single-season home run record and Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) broke the Quinnipiac single-season wins record and strikeout record as the Quinnipiac softball team defeated Fairfield, 2-0, at the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden, Conn. Schwartzburg's single-season strikeout total is also a Northeast Conference single-season record. The Bobcats' win pushes their record to 30-24, giving Quinnipiac its second 30-win season in the program's Division I history and fourth all-time. Fairfield drops to 26-19 overall.
Schwartzburg picked up her 22nd victory of the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 21 set by Michelle Boisvert in 1995. Schwartzburg also has the career wins record with 57 through three seasons. The junior from Mission Viejo, Calif. also fanned 11 Fairfield batters to break the Quinnipiac and Northeast Conference's single-season strikeout record. The right-handed hurler now has 276 strikeouts for the year, surpassing Robert Morris' Lauren Dickinson's 273 from 2001. Paolucci's 14th home run broke Nicole Chaput's 10-year old record of 13 round-trippers she hit in 2001. Sarah Collins also connected for 13 in 2003. The first-year third baseman led off the bottom of the third inning with the blast to right-center field to give Quinnipiac an early 1-0 lead. Paolucci currently leads the Northeast Conference in home runs as well. Schwartzburg improved her 2011 record to 22-11 with the victory, while freshman Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) earned her first save of the year as she pitched a scoreless seventh for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac's second run of the game was also scored in the bottom of the third. With one out on the inning, senior Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) singled down the right-field line. Brzezinski then advanced to second base as the Bobcats' catcher Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.) grounded out to third. After Brzezinski advanced to third base on a wild pitch, sophomore Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) picked up her second RBI of the year as she singled to third base, driving in Brzezinski for the 2-0 lead.
Paolucci went 4-for-4 with one run scored and a RBI, while junior outfielder Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) went 3-for-4 against the Stags. In addition, Heiberger and sophomore Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) each contributed two hits.
The Bobcats return to action when they travel to play their final regular-season game of 2011. Quinnipiac will face Massachusetts on Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at the UMass Softball Complex in Amherst, Mass.