Softball Holds On To Beat Harvard, 3-2

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) struck out nine batters in four relief innings as the Quinnipiac University softball team edged Harvard University, 3-2, Saturday afternoon. Seniors Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) and Emily Bellush (Newton, Mass.) came up with key hits for the Bobcats in the decisive third inning as the team's record improves to 11-13 on the season. With the loss, the Crimson's record drops to 4-14 on the year.

Harvard got on the board in the top of the second inning, when they tallied an unearned run by freshman Jessica Ferri. Ferri started the inning on first base when she struck out but reached on a throwing error by Quinnipiac. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, and was moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Emily Henderson. Ferri was driven home in the following play on a groundout by Kassy Shiotani to earn the early 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats came back to tie the game in the bottom of the second when Allendorfer started the inning with a walk. She was advanced to second on a groundout by freshman Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) and then scored on two consecutive illegal pitches by Crimson RHP Rachel Brown. It was Allendorfer's tenth run scored this season

Harvard regained the lead in the top of the third when first baseman Whitney Shaw belted a homerun to left field. The solo shot put the Crimson up 2-1. After giving up the homerun, Bobcats' pitcher, Bellush, forced the next batter to groundout to second and the following to strike out looking to end the inning.

Junior Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) sparked the offense in the bottom of the third with a single to center field. Sophomore Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) substituted to pinch-run for Brzezinski and was advanced to second on an Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) single to right field in the following play. Bellush followed suit two plays later with a single to left to score Jacobsen and tie the game at 2-2. Allendorfer hit a sacrifice fly to left in the next play to bring Casella around for the 3-2 Bobcat lead.

Schwartzburg entered in the top of the fourth inning to finish the game for Quinnipiac. The sophomore allowed just two hits in the outing while striking out nine batters as she earned her seventh win of the season. Bellush struck out two in three innings pitched, allowing one earned run on two hits.

Harvard saw three pitching changes on the day against the Bobcats, with Ferri earning the loss. Brown earned the start for the Crimson, while senior Margaux Black pitched the final two innings.

Quinnipiac returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they start Northeast Conference play with a doubleheader at Long Island University. The Bobcats and the Blackbirds will play first at 3 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. start for the second game.