HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac softball head coach Germaine Fairchild announced a trio of captains for the upcoming 2012 season. Seniors Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nevada) have each been selected to lead the Bobcats in 2011-12.
Heather Schwartzburg, the 2011 Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year, led the Bobcats last season with record-breaking performances. The education major received All-NEC first team honors for the second-straight year and was a five-time NEC Pitcher of the Week in 2011. Schwartzburg broke the Quinnipiac single-season record for wins and the university and league's single-season strikeout record, ending the year with 22 wins and 286 strikeouts.
"Heather has been an established performance leader since early on in her freshman year, and has now stepped forward as a senior to take on the task of expanding her leadership role," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "Heather's measured, thoughtful responses, selfless attitude, and observant nature will bring balance and perspective to our leadership team, and provides an example of humility for us all."
Ashley Heiberger received the NEC's Golden Glove award in her first season with the Bobcats in 2011. The Quinnipiac catcher contributed 27 hits, 18 runs and nine RBI across 47 games as a junior, while posting a near-perfect .994 fielding mark. Heiberger, a communications major, ranked second in the league with 333 putouts and was tied for first in the NEC, as she caught 16 players attempting to steal.
"Ashley is viewed by her teammates as one of the most industrious members of our team, arriving early to practice and games, staying late, and putting in extra time to improve as a player," said Fairchild. "She represents our program values and ideals on the field and in the classroom, setting an example to be emulated by her teammates."
Last year, Cabrera held the team's fourth-highest batting average (.283) and was second on the team with 54 hits and 23 RBI. The criminal justice major also ranked fourth in runs (22) and recorded 62 total bases in her first season with Quinnipiac.
"Christy's highly competitive approach to the game, coupled with the value she places on refining her skills, creates the essential credibility needed to be an effective leader," said Fairchild. "Her ability to foster cooperation within the team will help us build the cohesion we seek to propel us to the Northeast Conference title."