Quinnipiac Softball Splits Two Games In First Day Of Longwood Classic

FARMVILLE, Va. - The Quinnipiac University softball team split two games in the first day of the Longwood Classic on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Bobcats, now 2-4 on the year, defeated Bucknell, 5-4, in extra innings, and lost to host Longwood, 5-4.

The Bobcats faced Bucknell (1-6) in their first match-up of the tournament. The Bison scored all four runs in the second inning. Kasey Segiel scored the first run of the game, which was followed by an Elyse Colmenero double to right center, which drove in three runners.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Bobcats' Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) doubled to left field, driving in Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.). Quinnipiac came back to tie Bucknell, 2-2, in the sixth inning. Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) scored on a Heiberger triple, which was followed by another Figmic double to drive in Heiberger. The Bobcats went on to win the contest in the seventh inning, 5-4, as Lauren Salgado scored on a wild pitch.

Ristow led Quinnipiac with three hits, adding a run, while Heiberger contributed two hits, scored two runs, and picked up a RBI. Figmic led all Bobcats in RBIs, driving in three runs. In addition, junior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned her first win of the season while pitching 7 and 1/3 innings. She only allowed four hits and struck out four batters in the win.

Quinnipiac lost to Longwood, 5-4, in the second game of the day. Salgado went 3-3, while Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) led all Bobcats with two RBIs. Four Bobcats contributed one hit and one run in the outing. Freshman pitcher Emily O'Keefe (Southington, Conn.) took the loss, pitching six innings for Quinnipiac.

The Lancers scored four runs in the second inning, while the Bobcats scored each of their runs in the fourth inning. Brzezinski hit a double during the fourth, driving in Paolucci and Heiberger. Senior captain Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) followed with a single to left field, also picking up an RBI on the play. Quinnipiac's final run was scored by Jacobsen, on a Salgado walk.

Longwood's Brooke Short scored the winning run in the fifth inning after hitting a triple to right center and scoring on a fielding error.

Quinnipiac returns to action at the Longwood Classic on Sunday, Feb. 27. The Bobcats will play Stony Brook at 9 a.m. and Bucknell at 11 a.m.