The Quinnipiac University softball team will face off against the University of Toledo in a doubleheader Tuesday morning at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The Bobcats and the Rockets are both in Florida for the Under Armor Showcase, hosted by the University of South Florida, this weekend and will play in an unaffiliated doubleheader at USF's facility. The games are currently scheduled for a 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. start. In their last outing, Quinnipiac fell to South Florida, 1-0, in the final game of the Under Armor Invitational.
Scouting the Rockets
Toledo currently posts a 1-9 overall record this season, most recently falling to Temple in the final day of the Under Armor Invitational. The Rockets have played to several close games this season, going into extra innings on three separate occasions. Senior outfielder Mica Sanchez leads the team offensively, batting a .355 through ten games with 11 hits and 10 RBI. Senior RHP Hannah Rockhold has seen nine appearances from the circle for Toledo this season, posting a 3.93 ERA with 16 strikeouts.
Bobcats' sophomore Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) continues to lead the team offensively through the second weekend of play. The second baseman batted .385 in the Under Armor Invitational, tallying five hits and two walks. Murray also hit her fourth double of the season and picked up her first stolen base of the 2010 season. The stolen base against Virginia Tech was the first of her career.
Quinnipiac played to three close games in the Under Armor Invitational, losing by a margin of two runs or less to South Florida, Austin Peay and Virginia Tech. Sophomore RHP Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was in the circle for all three close games, pitching a total of 19.1 innings on the weekend. Schwartzburg compiled a .093 ERA through the three days of play, allowing ten hits and earning just two runs. The right-hander struck out 23 batters in her three appearances, and held opposing batters to a .154 average.
Freshman outfielder Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) scored both the Bobcats' runs at the Under Armor Invitational in the games against Temple and Virginia Tech. The quick freshman also stole two bases in the Invitational, leading the team in that category with three stolen bases this season. Salgado batted .231 on the weekend for Quinnipiac, compiling three hits.
Quinnipiac freshman Alejandra Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) pulled double-duty in the Under Armor Invitational, performing from the plate and the circle. Alba started two games pitching for the Bobcats, throwing 10.1 innings against Western Michigan and Temple. The rookie RHP struck out eight batters on the weekend, holding opposing batters to a .262 average. Alba also tallied two hits on the weekend, including the first double of her collegiate career.
Three other players picked up two hits on the weekend in South Florida. Seniors Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) and Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) and freshman Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) collected two singles in the three-day series.