The Quinnipiac University softball team travels to Stony Brook, N.Y. this weekend to take part in the Stony Brook Invitational hosted by Stony Brook University. The Bobcats will play in five games in the three-day tournament that kicks off on Friday, Mar. 19. Quinnipiac will first take on tournament-host Stony Brook at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. start with Yale on Friday. Saturday will see contests against Fairfield at 10 a.m. and Holy Cross at 4 p.m. The Bobcats will play their final game of the tournament on Sunday when they take on Yale for the second time at 12 p.m. All games will be played at the Stony Brook Softball Field.
Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook currently posts a 5-7 record on the year, most recently defeating Kennesaw State, 1-0, in the Under Armour Showcase. Through twelve games played, the Seawolves are led offensively by senior infielder Vicki Kavitsky who bats .344 with 11 hits and six RBI. Senior Alyssa Struzenberg leads the team from the circle posting a 1.84 ERA in nine appearances with 59 strikeouts.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale has yet to record a win in the 2010 season, holding an 0-5 record since the season start on Mar. 13. In their last outing, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of games to Stetson in the Stetson Classic on Mar. 15. Senior pitcher Kayla Kuretich leads the team offensively with a .333 batting average, recording three hits so far this season. Rookie RHP Jackie Manzer posts the best ERA for Yale, as she holds a 3.50 mark with six strikeouts in two appearances on the year.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross posts a 4-6 overall record this season, most recently falling to Bryant, 7-2, on Mar. 16. The Crusaders are led by sophomore outfielder Nicole Ortiz, who posts a .421 batting average with eight hits and five runs scored on the year. Junior RHP Caitlin Belanger leads the team from the circle with a 1.95 ERA in six appearances. Belanger has allowed eight earned runs on the year with 19 strikeouts.
The Bobcats allowed just one hit in their victory against UConn on Mar. 17. The pitching tandem of senior Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) pitched seven no-hit innings before Justyne Roy doubled with two outs on the board in the seventh. It was the second one-hit game Quinnipiac recorded this season, as Schwartzburg allowed just one hit to Pittsburgh on Mar. 13.
Bellush picked up her first win of the 2010 season in the victory against the Huskies. The senior threw four innings from the circle where she faced just twelve batters. Bellush allowed no base runners in the outing, and posts a 1-2 record with a 3.09 ERA on the year.
Strikeouts and a Save
Schwartzburg pitched three innings of relief for the Bobcats in their 1-0 victory against UConn, allowing just one hit in twelve batters faced. The sophomore struck out six batters in the outing, and picked up her first save of 2010 in the victory. Schwartzburg is just one K away from 100 strikeouts this season and leads the Northeast Conference in the category. She also leads the conference in innings pitched (68) and opposing batting average (.180).
Freshman infielder Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) scored the game's lone run yesterday to earn Quinnipiac the victory in their home opener. In the bottom of the second, the Bobcats loaded the bases with one out on the board with Ristow at third. The Huskies' pitcher threw a wild pitch in the dirt and without hesitation Ristow sped home and crossed the plate standing up to register the lead.
Freshman Lauren Salgado (Covina Calif.) is definitely putting her speed to good use for the Bobcats this season. Salgado recorded her fifth stolen base of the year in the game against UConn, boosting her count to lead the team in that category. The rookie also ranks third in the NEC in stolen bases, just two away from the top rank.
Taking It for the Team
Senior third baseman Kelly Wall (Westport, Conn.) has picked up seven hits so far this season, but that's not the only way she's getting on base. Though she ranks 11th in batting average on the team, Wall ranks third in on base percentage. The senior has drawn seven walks on the year in addition to being hit by four different pitchers to earn a Bobcat base runner.