April 27, 2012

Softball Hosts Bryant On Senior Day This Sunday, April 29

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (26-15, 10-6 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (16-21, 7-5 NEC)
Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:00 PM (Doubleheader)
QU Softball Field - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac Hosts Bryant On Senior Day
The Quinnipiac University softball team (26-15, 10-6 NEC) hosts Bryant University (16-21, 7-5 NEC) in a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 29 at the QU Softball Field. The Bobcats have won their last three outings and will honor their four seniors prior to the start of game one. Seniors Christy Cabrera, Mina Duffy, Ashley Heiberger and Heather Schwartzburg will be recognized for their accomplishments with the Quinnipiac Softball program.

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Live stats and audio for Sunday’s league contests will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac softball schedule on the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting Bryant
Also on a three-game win streak are the Bryant Bulldogs, who currently stand at 16-21 on the year and 7-5 in league action. Bryant will first travel to play Sacred Heart in a pair of conference games on Saturday before making the trip to Quinnipiac on Sunday. Most recently, Bryant defeated Brown, 5-3, in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday, April 24. Prior to the victory, the Bulldogs swept Monmouth in a NEC doubleheader, 7-4 and 5-4, on Saturday, April 21. Aubrey Mable has been a consistent threat at the plate for Bryant as she leads the team in hits (39), runs scored (30), RBI (24), homeruns (7), slugging percentage (.689), and on-base percentage (.477). The Bulldogs are also led by Madeline Velasquez’ .383 batting average, while Lindsay Martin paces the team with seven stolen bases. Brittany Hart and Jennifer Jacob have represented Bryant from within the circle this season. Together, Hart and Jacob have struck out 80 batters, while Hart posts a team-leading 5.37 ERA.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Quinnipiac leads the all-time Division I series with Bryant, 5-1, dating back to the 2009 season. Last year, on April 10, the Bobcats swept the Bulldogs, 4-2 and 6-3, in a pair of league games on the road. Quinnipiac stands undefeated at home against Bryant at 2-0.

Last Time Out
In their most recent outings, the Bobcats swept the University of Hartford, 4-3 and 5-1, in a pair of non-conference games on Wednesday, April 25. Quinnipiac seniors Heather Schwartzburg and Christy Cabrera each earned a win in the doubleheader. The Bobcats outhit the Hawks, 20-to-9, and were led by sophomore Katie Alfiere as she went 4-for-6 on the afternoon. Senior Mina Duffy collected three RBI, while senior catcher Ashley Heiberger scored two runs.

Bobcats In The RPI Rankings
Quinnipiac continues to lead the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Softball RPI Rankings. The Bobcats currently stand at 120th in the national rankings.

Dangerous Defense
The Bobcats rank first in the NEC standings in team fielding percentage (.970), which also stands 31st in the NCAA rankings. Quinnipiac senior catcher Ashley Heiberger has caught a league-leading 17 runners stealing.

QU Offense On Top
The Bobcats pace the Northeast Conference with 38 stolen bases this season. QU is 38-for-47 in stolen bases this season, while its opponents have only been successful on 22-of-40 steal attempts.

Stats From Within The Circle
Quinnipiac ranks second amongst NEC opponents in team ERA (2.53), which also ranks 70th in the NCAA standings. The Bobcats lead the league in opposing batting average (.220), hits allowed (224), runs allowed (119), and earned runs allowed (100). QU also stands in the top-five of several NEC pitching categories including batters struck out (230), wins (26), and saves (3).

Leading Lady
Junior Alex Alba leads the Bobcats with a conference-leading .597 slugging percentage. With a team-high 13 doubles on the year, the QU shortstop averages .34 doubles per outing, which stand 10th in the national rankings.

Closing Down On 1,000 K’s
Senior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg has collected a program record 925 career strikeouts in four seasons with the Bobcats. Last season, QU’s starting pitcher set a new Quinnipiac record, which she had previously broken the year before, in season strikeouts with 296. This year, Schwartzburg leads the Bobcats and NEC in strikeouts (168), ERA (1.56), and opposing batting average (.169). The Mission Viejo, Calif. native also paces the team with 16 wins and three saves in 29 appearances.

Bobcats Can Bat
Alex Alba and Christy Cabrera currently lead the Bobcats from the plate. Alba leads the team with a .355 batting average, 44 hits, and 74 total bases, while Cabrera is batting .328 with 41 hits on the year. Cabrera also ranks first amongst her fellow Bobcats with a .413 on-base percentage and 24 runs scored.

Heiberger Stays Tough
QU catcher Ashley Heiberger has been hit by a pitch 20 times this season, which leads the Northeast Conference. The senior also ranks fourth in the NCAA weekly statistics in hit by pitch per game (.5).

Power At The Plate
Mina Duffy continues to lead the Bobcats in RBI (28) in her senior campaign, while also pacing the team with seven homeruns. Her .451 slugging percentage ranks second amongst the Bobcats.

Stealing Statistics
Quinnipiac’s Ashley Heiberger and Lauren Salgado lead the Bobcats in stolen bases this year. Both are 7-for-8 in stolen bases.

Depend On Schwartzburg
Heather Schwartzburg has completed 18 of the 22 games she has started from within the circle this year. As of Tuesday, April 24, her ERA ranked 25th in the NCAA standings, while her 7.6 strikeouts per seven innings stood 50th and 4.11 hits allowed per seven innings ranked ninth in the nation. 

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Stony Brook in a non-league twinbill on Tuesday, May 1. The first contest is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the QU Softball Field in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu