April 1, 2011
Softball Opens NEC Play Against Mount St. Mary's, Monmouth This Weekend
(16-13, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Mount St. Mary's University (8-4, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Field - Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac University (16-13, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Monmouth University (11-10, 2-0 NEC)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
- 12:00 p.m. (DH)
Softball Field - Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Begin NEC Play At Home
The Quinnipiac University softball team (16-13, 0-0 NEC)
begins Northeast Conference play this weekend when it hosts Mount
St. Mary's (8-14, 0-0 NEC) and Monmouth (11-10, 2-0 NEC) at the
Quinnipiac Softball Field. The Bobcats will play doubleheaders
against the Mount on Saturday, April 2 and the Hawks on Sunday,
April 3. Saturday's games will begin at 1:00 p.m., while Sunday's
doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon. Quinnipiac enters the
weekend after defeating Connecticut, 7-3, in its most recent outing
on Thursday, March 31.
Follow Your Bobcats Live
Live stats for this weekend's games will be available by clicking
on the appropriate links on the official website of Quinnipiac
www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live audio
can also be heard for Sunday's game against Monmouth.
Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's enters the weekend with an 8-14 mark on
the year. The Mount is led by seniors Beth Everist and Courtney
Zingle who both post a .328 batting average, with 22 hits on the
year. Everist, also a pitcher for the Mount, has earned a team-high
.522 slugging percentage and leads the team in RBI (17) and with
seven doubles and two homeruns. Junior utility player Taylor Beebe
leads the Mountaineers with 14 runs scored this season. Nicole
Pagano has recorded a 5-8 record on the year and a 2.64 ERA. The
right-handed sophomore has struck out 69 batters across 13 games
for the Mount, while holding opponents to a .248 batting
Against The Mount
Last year, The
Bobcats split a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's on April 18.
Quinnipiac dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3, and
posted a 5-6 victory in game two. Heather
Schwartzburg broke the Quinnipiac University softball
season-strikeout record as she fanned eight batters against the
Mount to increase her season total to 214 strikeouts.
Monmouth will play
NEC opponent Sacred Heart in a doubleheader, prior to playing the
Bobcats on Sunday. The Hawks enter the weekend at 11-10 on the year
and at 2-0 in conference play. Last weekend, Monmouth opened NEC
play at home with two wins against Robert Morris. The Hawks swept
the Colonials with a pair of victories, 1-0 and 4-2, on Saturday,
March 26. Sophomore Kate Kuzma leads Monmouth in hits (22) and RBI
(18), while freshman outfielder Shannon Fitzgerald has scored a
team-high 12 runs this season. Kuzma has also hit six homeruns on
the year. Junior Lauren Sulick has appeared in 18 games for the
Hawks, picking up a 10-6 record. The right-handed pitcher has
pitched 105 innings, struck out 59 batters and held opponents to a
.236 batting average in 105 innings.
Against the Hawks
Last season, Quinnipiac swept Monmouth in a NEC doubleheader in
West Long Branch, N.J. The Bobcats collected a 14-11 victory in
game one and won in extra innings, 4-3, in the second game on April
17. Later in the year, the Bobcats dropped a NEC Tournament game to
the Hawks. Quinnipiac lost, 6-0, against Monmouth in the first
round of the 2010 NEC Softball Tournament on May 12.
The Bobcats defeated the Connecticut Huskies, 7-3, in its
most recent outing on Thursday, March 31. Six different Bobcats
scored runs against the Huskies, while seven batters contributed at
least one hit in the contest. Lauren
Salgado and Bridget
Figmic each went 2-4 and drove in one run, while Salgado scored
two runs and Figmic scored one run for the Bobcats. Juniors Christy
Cabrera and Jacqueline
Ristow each contributed two hits.
Schwartzburg picked up the win against Connecticut on Thursday,
as she struck out six batters, allowed one run and one unearned run
across six innings. Schwartzburg currently leads the Bobcats with a
1.69 ERA and a 9-6 overall record. The right-handed junior has
appeared in 18 games for Quinnipiac and pitched in 107.2 innings.
She's earned 143 strikeouts and held opponents to a .198 batting
Ristow leads the Bobcats with a .309 batting average. The
junior infielder has contributed a team-high 29 hits this season,
while classmate Christy
Cabrera has driven in 15 Quinnipiac runs. Freshman Jordan
Paolucci has recorded a .262 batting average, while
contributing 17 hits, 17 runs scored, and 13 RBI. In 28 games,
Paolucci has hit a team-high four homeruns and picked up a .492
slugging percentage and a .461 on base percentage.
Quinnipiac third baseman Bridget
Figmic leads the Bobcats with six doubles on the year. The
sophomore has also contributed 19 hits, 11 runs scored and 13 RBI
across 27 contests.
Last weekend, the
Bobcats went 2-2 in its first home games of the 2011 season. On
Saturday, March 26, Quinnipiac dropped two games to Harvard
University, 8-0 and 7-4. The Bobcats came back to sweep Manhattan
in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 27. Quinnipiac won, 5-2, in game
one and collected a 10-9 victory over the Jaspers in the second
outing of the day.
Power At The
Paolucci led Quinnipiac last weekend as she went 5-7 with two
three-run homers. In the last five games, Paolucci has averaged
.500 from behind the plate with five hits, five runs scored and six
O Captain, My Captain
Senior first baseman Joelle
Jacobsen hit her second-career homerun as the Bobcats defeated
Manhattan, 10-9, last Sunday. The two-run homer was Jacobsen's
first homerun of the season. She's contributed 12 hits, scored 10
runs and picked up nine RBI, overall.
Junior catcher Ashley
Heiberger hit her first homerun of 2011 as she drove in two
runs for Quinnipiac in its 5-2 win over the Jaspers. Heiberger has
tallied 16 hits and 12 runs, while driving in five RBI on the
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays Fairfield on
Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Alumni Softball Field in