March 12, 2011

Quinnipiac Softball Splits Two Games In Second Day Of Under Armour Showcase

Clearwater, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University softball team (8-9) split two games in its second day of the Under Armour Showcase at the University of South Florida. The Bobcats lost, 8-5, against Saint Joseph's and shutout Ball State, 4-0.

In the Bobcats' third game of the tournament, St. Joseph's took a 2-0 lead early in the top of the first. Quinnipiac answered with four runs in the second inning, Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored the Bobcats' first run of the game as Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) walked. Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) reached first base on a St. Joe's error, driving in Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) and Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.). Salgado scored the last run of the inning as Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) singled to center field.

St. Joseph's took back a 7-4 advantage in the third inning, as the team scored five runs. Quinnipiac's Figmic doubled up the middle, driving in Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.), for a Bobcats run in the bottom of the third. The Hawks added the final run of the game in the fifth as Parks singled to left field, allowing Stinner to score and increase St. Joseph's lead by three points, 8-5.

Freshman pitcher Katie Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) took the loss for Quinnipiac, while junior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) closed the game. Quinnipiac right-fielder Kim Brzezinski (Tinley Park, Ill.) went 3-4, while Cabrera drove in two runs for the Bobcats.

In Quinnipiac's 4-0 win against Ball State, junior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) picked up her fourth victory of the season, as she struck out 11 batters in seven innings for the Bobcats. Cabrera went 2-4 and led the Bobcats with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Cabrera scored the first run of the game on a Ball State throwing error. Quinnipiac added two runs in the fifth as Jacobsen and Cabrera each scored one run. In the sixth inning, Cabrera singled to third base, driving in Heiberger for the Bobcats' fourth run.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays two games on Sunday, March 13, in the final day of the Under Armour Showcase. The Bobcats face Maryland at 12 p.m. and the Netherlands National Team at 2:30 p.m.