Softball's Heather Schwartzburg Named Akadema/NEC Pitcher Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University softball junior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was named the Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday, April 4.

Schwartzburg picks up her third NEC weekly accolade of the year after leading Quinnipiac to four wins last week, including its first three conference wins of 2011. After the right-handed junior led the Bobcats to a 7-3 victory over Connecticut, she helped Quinnipiac win three-of-four games in its first weekend of conference play. Schwartzburg pitched two complete games as the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary's, 6-2, and Monmouth, 2-0. She also pitched four innings in the team's 4-1 win against the Hawks in Quinnipiac's final game of the week.

Overall, Schwartzburg struck out 22 batters across 24 innings, allowing 12 hits and three runs. She maintained a 0.88 ERA as she improved her record to 12-6 on the year. Currently, Schwartzburg leads the Bobcats with a 1.56 ERA, while holding opponents to a .183 batting average.

Schwartzburg also received the conference's weekly award on March 7 and March 21 of this year. As a sophomore, she received the conference's Pitcher of the Week title three times during the 2010 season. She was named the NEC's Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week twice as a freshman in 2009.

The Bobcats return to action when they play in a non-conference contest at Fairfield on Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be held at the Alumni Softball Field in Fairfield, Conn.

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