Quinnipiac Softball Splits Two Games In First Day Of Under Armour Invitational

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University softball team (5-5) split its first two games of the Under Armour Invitational on Friday, March 4. The Bobcats lost, 5-3, against Western Michigan and beat Loyola Marymount, 5-1.

Western Michigan took a 4-0 lead, early in the game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bobcats scored its first run of the game as Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) doubled to right field, driving in Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) in the fifth inning. Quinnipiac's Julia Sini (Elgin, Tex.) and Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) each scored a run in the sixth inning, narrowing the gap by one run, 4-3. Western Michigan answered with a Barstad run in the bottom of the sixth to hold a two-run advantage, 5-3.

Quinnipiac's Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) started and pitched four innings, taking the loss against Western Michigan, while freshman pitcher Emily O'Keefe (Southington, Conn.) appeared in two innings. Six Bobcats each contributed a hit against Western Michigan, while Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) drove in two runs for Quinnipiac.

In the Bobcats second game of the day, junior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned her second win of the season against Loyola Marymount. Schwartzburg struck out nine batters and allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings for Quinnipiac. Alba and Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) each picked up two RBI, while Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored two runs against the Lions.

The Bobcats scored their first three runs in the second inning, as Duffy singled to center field, driving in Alba and Paolucci, and Salgado drove in Duffy on a single. Loyola Marymount went on to score its only run of the game in the fourth inning as Harman scored on a passed ball. Quinnipiac scored its last two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Lions. Each run in the bottom of the fifth was scored on a Loyola Marymount error.

Quinnipiac returns to action in the Under Armour Invitational on Saturday, March 5 when it plays Central Michigan at 12:30 p.m. and Florida International at 5:30 p.m.