February 28, 2010

Softball Sweeps In Day Two At Norfolk Invitational

NORFOLK, Va. - The Quinnipiac University softball team scored 22 runs in two games played as they defeated Iona, 10-2, and Rider, 12-5, in day two of the Norfolk Invitational today in Virginia. Senior catcher Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) drove in four runs on the day as the Bobcats improve to 2-3 overall ton the season.

"The highlight of our day was obviously our scoring output with 22 runs on the day," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "We're still improving on defense but the great thing about our play today was that when we made errors in the field we made up for them on offense."

Allendorfer got the scoring started right away in the first game against Iona. The senior smacked an RBI single to drive fellow senior Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) home in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Jacquie Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) also scored in the first when she capitalized on a passed ball and beat the catcher to home plate, earning Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead to start the game.

Six more runs crossed the plate in the second inning for the Bobcats, taking an eight-run lead heading into the third. Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.), Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) and Allendorfer each tallied a single and an RBI for Quinnipiac in the explosive inning, while three other runs scored unearned.

Iona scored their two runs in the top of the fourth. With one out on the board, freshman Amy Metclafe singled into left field, followed by a two-run shot by junior Erin Kyle. Schwartzburg halted the Gaels' scoring efforts after the homerun, striking out Melanie Gettins and Tessa Earley to end the inning.

The Bobcats picked up two more unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ristow singled into right field to start the inning, and later scored on a fielding error by Iona. Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.), Kim Le Bel (Quincy, Mass.) and Wall each drew walks in the fourth to assist in base movement for Quinnipiac.

Sophomore pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched five innings against the Gaels. The right hander allowed just two earned runs and struck out eight in the game.

Senior outfielder Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) kicked off the Bobcats' offensive efforts in game two against Rider. She opened the first inning with a leadoff single, and stole third base after she advanced to second on a groundout by Murray. Allendorfer drove her home with a sacrifice fly to right to score the first run of the game. Wall put the Bobcats up, 2-0, later in the first when she scored on a fielding error by the Broncs.

Quinnipiac scored the majority of their runs in the second inning, as four crossed the plate to earn a 6-0 lead. With two players on base, Murray drove a single up the middle to bring sophomore Jessica Amenda (Milford, Conn.) around to score. Allendorfer smacked another fly ball to right, driving Casella home in the following play. With two outs on the board, Le Bel continued her offensive output when she smacked a two-run single into right field to drive in the remaining two runs of the inning.

Senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) hit her first homerun of the season, a solo-shot to right center, in the fourth to put Quinnipiac up 7-2. Four more unearned runs crossed the plate in the sixth and seventh inning for the Bobcats, to solidify their twelve runs scored against Rider.

Freshman Alejandra Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) pitched her first game in a Quinnipiac jersey against the Broncs, throwing from the circle for the full seven innings, earning two runs and striking out four on the day. Amenda caught for Alba through seven, her first time behind the plate for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow morning when they play in the final day of the Norfolk State Invitational. They will face of against Rider for the second time at 9 a.m.