Softball Competes At USF Under Armour Invitational This Weekend

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USF Under Armour Invitational
Eddie C. Moore Complex – Clearwater, Fla.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-0, 0-0 NEC)
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles (6-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)
Bowling Green State University Falcons (4-3, 0-0 MAC)
Miami (OH) University RedHawks (7-2, 0-0 MAC)
Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats (3-10, MEAC)
Western Michigan University Broncos (1-5, 0-0 MAC)

USF Under Armour Invitational Schedule
Friday, March 2, 2012

Quinnipiac vs. Florida Gulf Coast – 4:00 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Quinnipiac – 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Miami (OH) vs. Quinnipiac – 11:30 a.m.
Bethune-Cookman vs. Quinnipiac – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Western Michigan vs. Quinnipiac – 9:30 a.m.

QU Travels To Florida For USF Tourney
The Quinnipiac University softball team (4-0, 0-0 NEC) travels to compete at the University of South Florida Under Armour Invitational this weekend. The Bobcats will play in five non-conference games during March 2-4. On Friday, Quinnipiac takes on Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. and Bowling Green at 6:15. On Saturday, the Bobcats will play Miami (OH) at 11:30, followed by Bethune-Cookman at  2 p.m. QU will then face Western Michigan in its final game on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The USF Tournament will be held at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Florida.

Live video will be available for all of Quinnipiac’s games at the USF Tournament this weekend. Bobcat fans can follow all of the live action for $9.99 by clicking on the appropriate links of the Quinnipiac softball schedule at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics,

The Facts On Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast enters the weekend at 6-9 on the year. The Eagles are led by sophomore Emily Lanier’s .364 batting average, while freshman Kelsey Carpenter posts the team’s second best batting average at .317. Sophomore Jessica Barnes paces FGCU with 12 runs, while Barnes and Lanier have each contributed a team-best 12 hits. Lanier and Carpenter have eight RBI on the year, while sophomore Tori Williams is 7-for-7 in stolen bases.

 Scouting Bowling Green State
Bowling Green currently stands at 4-3 after already participating in two tournaments this season. The Falcons are led by junior Paige Berger’s .538 batting average and 14 hits. Berger and fellow classmate Hannah Fulk have each scored eight runs, while sophomore Katie Yoho paces the team in RBI (9). Berger and Yoho have each hit a team-best three homeruns this year. Freshman Paris Imholz currently leads the Falcons with a 1.57 ERA and 2-1 record on the year.

The Details On Miami
Miami enters the USF Tourney with a 7-2 overall mark. The RedHawks’ veteran Daniela Torres leads the team in RBI (7) and batting average (.478) after starting in eight games. Torres is also a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases, while sophomore Kirstie Fehrenbach paces Miami with 14 hits and seven runs. Paige Myers has led the RedHawks from inside the circle as she currently posts a .63 ERA and is undefeated at 4-0 on the year. The sophomore pitcher has appeared in 22.1 innings and struck out 21 batters, while senior Jessica Simpson has made two saves this season. Simpson was recently named MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week.

What’s Cooking At BCU
Bethune-Cookman posts a 3-10 overall record heading into the weekend. Junior Aurelia Gamch paces the Wildcats with a .371 batting average, while fellow junior Lara Reese ranks first in runs (9) and hits (14). Senior Sabrina Ferguson has compiled a team-best 23 total bases and 13 RBI on the year. Despite a 7.36 ERA, sophomore Shanel Tolbert has earned each of Bethune-Cookman’s three wins this season after appearing in each of the team’s 13 games.

What’s Happening With Western Michigan
Finally, QU will play 1-and-5 Western Michigan on Sunday morning. The Broncos are led by senior Meredith Whitney’s .389 batting average after six games. Whitney ranks first in hits (7), while she and veteran Courtney Rousseau have each scored four runs. Rousseau leads the team with 10 total bases. Additionally she and junior Diana Patterson, whose hit two homers on the year, post a team-best four RBI. Whitney earned the team’s only win of the year in a 9-0 shutout against Cal-State Northridge. Western Michigan’s Gracie Barstad, the 2011 MAC Player of the Year, joins the lineup after missing the team’s opening tournament. 

A Great Start
The Bobcats went undefeated in its opening weekend at the Longwood Spring Classic on Feb. 25-26. QU swept each of its opponents, including Iona and Saint Peter’s, in a pair of non-conference games. Quinnipiac defeated Iona, 2-0 and 4-3, and Saint Peter’s 14-1 in a five-inning contest and 11-3 in six innings.

Homerun Hitter
Senior Mina Duffy led the Bobcats as she went 6-for-11 with five runs and a team-leading 10 RBI at the Longwood tournament. As the designated hitter, Duffy also had three homeruns on the weekend, including a grand slam against Saint Peter’s. The Piedmont, Calif. Native collected a total of 15 bases across four starts for the Bobcats.

Weekly Honors
Mina Duffy was named College Sports Madness NEC Player of the Week, as announced by the collegiate athletics website on Tuesday, March 28. The weekly accolade is Duffy’s first of the 2011-12 campaign.

Perfect Pitching
Quinnipiac’s Heather Schwartzburg and Katie Alfiere each earned two wins at the Longwood Spring Classic last weekend. Each Bobcat made two appearances and combined for 21 innings. Together, they allowed eight hits and struck out 20 batters. Opponents only scored four earned runs against all of Quinnipiac’s pitchers at the tournament, which also included Christy Cabrera and Mina Duffy.

Preseason Picks
The Bobcats were recently selected to finish second in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the league on Feb. 14. The defending NEC regular season champion Robert Morris was picked as the favorite to win this year’s title, as they received six first-place votes, while QU garnered three first-place nods. Last season’s NEC tournament champion Sacred Heart was tabbed third in the poll, while Bryant was chosen fourth, followed by LIU Brooklyn and Central Conn. St. in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Monmouth landed seventh as it received a first-place vote, while Fairleigh Dickinson was picked eight and Wagner followed in the ninth spot. Mount St. Mary’s and Saint Francis (Pa.) rounded out the field.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac will participate at the UC Riverside Tournament in Riverside Calif. and the SDSU Classic II in San Diego, Calif. throughout March. After playing a pair of games at Harvard later in the month, QU opens conference play at Mount St. Mary’s and Monmouth on March 25-26, prior to playing Massachusetts in a two-game tilt on March 28. The Bobcats face league foe Sacred Heart in their home opener on April 1.

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