Softball Defeats North Florida, Winthrop At USF The Game Tournament

Clearwater, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University softball team won two games at the opening day of the USF The Game Tournament on Friday, March 18 in Clearwater, Fla. The Bobcats shut out both opponents, with a 2-0 victory against North Florida and a 6-0 win against Winthrop.

In the Bobcats' first outing of the day, junior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) picked up her sixth win of the season. The right-handed pitcher struck out 11 batters and allowed only two hits across seven scoreless innings against North Florida.

Quinnipiac took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Quinnipiac catcher Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.) was hit by a pitch, allowing Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) to score. In the second inning, the Bobcats' hit three-consecutive singles. Infielder Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) singled to center field, driving in sophomore outfielder Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) for Quinnipiac's second and final run of the game.

Salgado led the Bobcats as she went 3-3 with a run scored, while Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.), Ristow and Alba each contributed a hit against the North Florida Ospreys.

Junior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) won her first career complete-game against Winthrop in the Bobcats' second match-up on Friday. Duffy allowed two hits and struck out 12 batters. Despite a 6-0 victory, Quinnipiac shortstop Cabrera contributed the only hit in the game for the Bobcats.

Cabrera led Quinnipiac, as she went 1-3 with two runs scored. Ristow and Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) each added a Quinnipiac run and were walked twice by the Eagles pitcher, while Alba and Salgado each scored a run and were walked once.

Stats for the Winthrop game will be available at a later time.

The Bobcats continue tournament play on Saturday as they take on Dartmouth at 3 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m.