Softball Drops Two In Day One Of Under Armor Invitational

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University softball team lost both games in the first day of the Under Armor Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida. The Bobcats played first against Austin Peay State University where they lost, 2-0, followed by a 6-1 loss to Temple University later in the day. Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) struck out 11 batters in 5.1 innings of work against the Lady Governors as Quinnipiac's record now stands at 3-5 on the year.

The Bobcats kicked off the tournament against Austin Peay this morning at 10:30 a.m., where the Lady Governors scored their two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Catie Cozart scored the first run of the game when she drove junior Tiffany Smith home from second base with one out on the board. Senior Brittany Williams notched the second run when she scored on a wild pitch after drawing a walk and reaching third on throwing errors.

Senior Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) went two-for-two against Austin Peay, while Lauren Salgaldo (Covina, Calif.), Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) and Alejandra Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) also picked up one hit apiece in the game.

Schwartzburg pitched 5.1 innings against the Lady Governors, and allowed just one hit and struck out eleven in relief. Lady Governors' freshman Morgan Brewer earned the win in the complete game, allowing five hits and striking out two.

Salgado scored the lone run of the game against Temple in the bottom of the seventh inning with Bellush sparking the offense with a single up the middle in the first at bat. Salgado entered the game to pinch run for Bellush and stole second during the following at bat by fellow freshman Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.). Ristow singled up the middle, advancing Salgado to third, and was substituted out by pinch-runner Kim Le Bel (Quincy, Mass.) During the next at bat, Le Bel stole second, allowing Salgado to score on the throw-out attempt to conclude the score at 6-1.

Alba got the start for the Bobcats in the circle, pitching 3.2 innings where she earned four runs and struck out six. Bellush completed the game for Quinnipiac, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out one. Temple freshman Crystal Nyman pitched the complete game for the Owls, allowing four hits and one earned run.

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow afternoon in day two of the Under Armor Invitational. The team will see a later start on the day, playing their first game against Virginia Tech at 4 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. game with Western Michigan.