Quinnipiac sophomore Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) has been named to the Jewish Sports Review 2010 Women's Softball All-America Team. Schwartzburg continues to build upon her impressive resume, as she was previously named to the Akadema/NEC 2010 All-Conference First Team after collecting Akadema/NEC Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman in 2009.
This past season, Schwartzburg was a three-time Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week, and the only player in the conference to win in back-to-back weeks (3/15 and 3/22). The sophomore broke the Quinnipiac strikeout record, which she set as a freshman, surpassing her 206 strikeouts in 2009 with 255 by season's end. She finished the season leading the NEC in seven major pitching categories including strikeouts, ERA (1.51), saves (4), appearances (41), relief appearances (17), and games finished (16) all while holding opposing batters to a league-low .181 batting average. Schwartzburg won 20 games in 2010, one away from matching Quinnipiac's all-time record set by Michelle Boisvert in 1995.
Her rookie campaign was just as impressive, finishing as the league leader in ERA (1.64), opposing batting average (.196), was the only player to strike out more than 200 batters. Schwartzburg received Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week and Akadema/NEC Rookie of the Week honors twice.
Quinnipiac finished the 2010 regular season with a 28-24 overall record and an 15-5 record in conference play, improving on its 18-30 mark from 2009, the largest improvement in the Northeast Conference.