Quinnipiac Softball Plays At Longwood Classic This Weekend

Lancer Leadoff - Lancer Field - Farmville, Va.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats
Longwood University Lancers
Bucknell University Bison
Stony Brook University Seawolves

Back At Longwood
The Quinnipiac University softball team returns to Longwood University to participate in the Longwood Classic in Farmville, Va. this weekend. The Bobcats play in a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27. On Saturday, Quinnipiac takes on Bucknell at 11 a.m. and Longwood at 3 p.m. It then plays Stony Brook at 9 a.m. and Bucknell at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Bobcats participated in Longwood's Lancer Leadoff last weekend, where the team went 1-3.

2011 QU Leaders
The Bobcats are led by two-time All-Northeast Conference pitcher Heather Schwartzburg, who earned the 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year title and a First Team selection in 2010. Alex Alba was named the NEC's Rookie of the Year in 2010. Senior captain Joelle Jacobsen will lead the Bobcats this season, alongside 12 returning letterwinners, five freshman and two junior transfers from Iowa Lakes Community College in Ashley Heiberger and Christy Cabrera.

Last Time Out: Lancer Leadoff

Quinnipiac opened the 2011 season at the Lancer Leadoff at Longwood University on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. On Saturday, the Bobcats lost 5-3 against IUPUI and Army. On Sunday, the Bobcats defeated Army, 6-5, and lost to host Longwood, 4-1, later that day.

Freshman Faces
The Bobcats' freshman pitcher Emily O'Keefe won her first collegiate game against the Black Knights on Feb. 20. O'Keefe allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. She also struck out two batters. With the score tied 5-5 going into the seventh inning, freshman Jordan Paolucci hit her first collegiate homerun to give the Bobcats the 6-5 win against Army.

Ladies At The Lancer Leadoff
Jacqueline Ristow started in all four games at the Lancer Leadoff. The junior infielder contributed four hits, scored three runs and drove in two RBIs. Junior transfer Ashley Heiberger appeared in two games for Quinnipiac. She went 3-for-4 and scored one run at the tournament. Sophomore outfielder Lauren Salgado added three hits, three runs, and picked up her first RBI of the season. Senior captain Joelle Jacobsen currently leads the team with 27 putouts, while Christy Cabrera has tallied a team-high 14 assists.

A Look At The Longwood Lancers
Longwood enters the tournament undefeated at 4-0 on the year, after beating IUPUI, Quinnipiac and Army at its Lancer Leadoff tournament last weekend. Longwood defeated Quinnipiac, 4-1, on Feb. 20. Brooke Short led the Lancers with three hits, scoring one run against the Bobcats. Brittany Shotwell posted the win, allowing one run and two hits over five innings. The Bobcats' only run was scored by Joelle Jacobsen. Overall, Short led the Lancers in RBIs (10), hits (8) and runs (6) at the Leadoff. Courtney Long collected 43 putouts for Longwood, while Ashley Kramer earned 14 assists at the tournament.

Scouting The Stony Brook Seawolves
Stony Brook begins its 2011 season at the Longwood Classic. Stony Brook returns seven letterwinners from last season, where they went 32-21-1 overall. The Seawolves also finished at 10-7 in the America East. The Seawolves will play the Bobcats on Feb. 27 in the first game of the day at 9 a.m. Stony Brook leads the all-time series against Quinnipiac, 6-5, beating the Bobcats last season, 1-0.

Breaking Down The Bucknell Bison
Bucknell enters the tournament at 1-4 on the year. The Bison kicked off the 2011 season at the Coastal Carolina Kickin' Chicken Classic where they played James Madison, Coastal Carolina, and Saint Joseph's. Bucknell's only win of the tournament was against James Madison, 4-0. Jessie Snyder contributed five hits for the Bison, while Sam Rollandi added two hits and scored three runs. Alison Ford and Mallory Lyons each picked up two RBIs at the tournament. Right-handed pitcher Alex MacLean earned her first win of the year and struck out 15 batters over the weekend. Bucknell will face Quinnipiac twice at the Longwood Classic.

Preseason Picks
The Bobcats were recently selected to finish fourth in the 2011 Northeast Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll, after making an appearance in the NEC Tournament in 2010. The Bobcats posted a 29-24 overall record and a 15-5 mark in conference play last year.

What's Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action at the Under Armor Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida between March 4 and March 6. The Bobcats will face Western Michigan, Loyola Maryland, Central Michigan, Florida International and Maine at the invitational.