Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-10) vs.
Boston University Terriers (6-5)
12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Quinnipiac University softball team (8-10) will take on Boston University (6-5) on Wednesday, March 16 at noon in Clearwater, Fla. Both teams participated at the USF Under Armour Showcase last weekend, where the Bobcats went 1-4 and the Terriers went 3-2. In its most recent outing, Quinnipiac defeated the Netherlands National Team, 7-6, in an exhibition game that lasted 10 innings on Sunday, March 13.
Scouting Boston University
Boston University (6-5) will play Colorado State on Tuesday, March 15 in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. before it takes on Quinnipiac. The Terriers recently went 3-2 at the Under Armour Showcase with wins against La Salle, 8-6, and two Northeast Conference schools, CCSU, 2-1, and Robert Morris, 2-0. Boston University dropped two games against Long Island, 8-6, and Central Michigan, 2-1, at the tournament. The Terriers are led by April Setterlund, who is currently batting .400 and has drove in six runs and contributed 10 hits and eight runs scored this season. BU freshman pitcher Holli Floetker has won three games from the circle, while sophomore Whitney Tuthill won two games for the Terriers in their most recent outings at the Under Armour Showcase.
Under Armour Showcase
Last weekend, the Bobcats competed at the Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla. Quinnipiac lost to Wisconsin Green Bay, 7-2, St. John's, 4-3, St. Joseph's, 8-5, and Maryland, 4-1, at the tournament. The Bobcats' only win at the tournament was a 4-0 shutout against Ball State. Junior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg picked up her fourth victory against the Cardinals, as she struck out 11 batters in seven innings for Quinnipiac. Christy Cabrera went 2-4 and led the Bobcats with two runs scored and an RBI.
Defeating The Dutch
The Bobcats defeated the Netherlands National Team, 7-6, in 10 innings in an exhibition game on Sunday, March 13. In the bottom of the 10th, Quinnipiac's Alex Alba singled down the right-field line, driving in Jacqueline Ristow for the game-winning run.
Junior shortstop Christy Cabrera started in each of the Bobcats' five games last weekend. She went 6-17 (.353) and led Quinnipiac, driving in three runs and scoring three runs. Cabrera currently leads the team in RBI (10).
Infielder Alex Alba also hit .353 and went 6-17 at the Under Armour Showcase. Alba picked up three RBI and hit a triple. She also led the Bobcats with 15 assists over the weekend. Alba is currently second on the team with a .306 batting average.
Reaching The 100 Mark
Senior captain Joelle Jacobsen collected her 100th putout of the season at the Under Armour Showcase. Jacobsen currently leads the team with 131 putouts this season, already beating the 72 putouts she collected in 2010. She tallied 40 putouts at the USF Under Armour Showcase last weekend.
Sophomore Lauren Salgado leads Quinnipiac with seven stolen bases this year and has succeeded on all her steal attempts.
NEC Weekly Award
The Bobcats' Heather Schwartzburg picked up her first Northeast Conference honor of the 2011 season as she was named the Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week on March 7. Schwartzburg appeared in three games, starting in two of them, for Quinnipiac at the Under Armour Invitational. The junior right-handed pitcher won two games against Loyola Marymount and Florida International. In 16 and 1/3 innings, she struck out 26 batters and only allowed two hits and seven runs, recording a 0.43 ERA overall.
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.
The Bobcats were 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.
2011 Northeast Conference Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Long Island (9)
2. Monmouth (2)
3. Robert Morris
5. Sacred Heart
6. Central Connecticut State
8. Mount St. Mary's
Saint Francis (Pa.)
What's Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays at the University of South Florida's The Game Tournament on March 18-20. The Bobcats will face North Florida, Winthrop, Dartmouth, Florida Gulf Coast and Buffalo.