Softball Hosts Doubleheaders Against Harvard, Manhattan This Weekend

Quinnipiac University (13-11) vs.
Harvard University (9-9)
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. (DH)
Quinnipiac Softball Field - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac University (13-11) vs.
Manhattan College (6-11)
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:00 p.m. (DH)
Quinnipiac Softball Field - Hamden, Conn.

Home Sweet Home
The Quinnipiac University softball team (13-11) hosts its first home games of the 2011 season against Harvard University (9-9) and Manhattan College (6-11) this weekend. The Bobcats play in a doubleheader against the Crimson on Saturday, March 26 starting at 1 p.m., followed by a pair of games against the Jaspers on Sunday, March 27 beginning at noon. All games will be played at the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden, Conn.

Follow Your Bobcats Live
Live stats and audio for this weekend's games will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics,

Scouting Harvard
Harvard enters Saturday's doubleheader at 9-9 on the year. In their most recent outing, the Crimson lost to Bryant University, 6-3, in an away contest on March 24. Prior to its most recent loss, Harvard posted a 2-1 win against Boston University on March 22. The Crimson have participated in the San Diego Classic II Tournament, the UCR Tournament, and Florida Atlantic Tournament this season. Senior infielder Ellen Macadam leads Harvard with a .429 batting average, 27 hits and 15 runs scored this year. She's also driven in seven runs this year and hit three homeruns. Freshman Crimson freshman Kasey Lange leads the team in RBI (13) and has hit a team-high seven doubles. Junior Rachel Brown has won seven games for Harvard this year and holds a 1.77 ERA. Brown averages 11.97 strikeouts per game, while classmate Julia Moore has struck out 10.50 batters per game in two appearances for the Crimson.

All-Time Against The Crimson
Saturday's first game marks the eighth meeting between Quinnipiac and Harvard. The Crimson lead the all-time series, 5-2. Last year, the Bobcats defeated the Harvard, 3-2, on March 27 in Hamden, Conn., picking up their first win against the Crimson since 2006.

Scouting Manhattan
The Jaspers will take on Lafayette in a set of games on Saturday, March 26 before traveling to Quinnipiac on Sunday. Manhattan currently holds a 6-11 overall mark after going 3-2 in its most recent outings at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic last weekend. The team picked up two wins over Lafayette, while falling to Seton Hall. The Jaspers also split two games against Sacred Heart of the Northeast Conference. Manhattan is led by Kate Bowen, who posts a 3.57 batting average with 15 hits, seven runs and six RBI on the year. Senior Nicole Michel has contributed 11 hits this season and a team-high seven RBI, while outfielders Jen Keller and Monica Evangelista have each scored seven runs. Senior pitcher Ericka Sullivan has won a team-high three games for the Jaspers, while freshman Kate Bowen holds the team's best ERA (1.35). In addition, senior Ashley Rampino has struck out 16 batters from the circle this year.

All-Time Against The Jaspers
Quinnipiac holds an all-time record of 4-2 with Manhattan. The Bobcats split two games against the Jaspers in their most recent match-ups in March of 2005 in Miami, Fla. Quinnipiac is undefeated against Manhattan at home, 2-0.

Walking On Sunshine
Quinnipiac recorded an overall record of 9-7 in its last 16 games played at the University of South Florida in Clearwater, Fla. The Bobcats also put up a 7-6 win against the Netherlands National Team in an exhibition game played at USF on March, 13. Quinnipiac went 4-1 at The Game Tournament last weekend, also picking up a 2-1 win against Boston University on March 13.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac came back to defeat Buffalo, 7-6, in 11 innings in its most recent match-up at the USF The Game Tournament on March 20. Quinnipiac junior Christy Cabrera tripled to right field, driving in senior Joelle Jacobsen and herself for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

Fierce In Florida
Junior Mina Duffy pitched her first complete game at the USF The Game Tournament in the Bobcats' 6-0 win over Winthrop. Duffy picked up her first win of the season as she struck out 13 batters and only allowed two hits in seven innings. She also hit Quinnipiac's only homerun at the tournament in the team's 4-1 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

Heather's Heating Up
Junior Heather Schwartzburg was named Akadema/Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week, for the second time this year, on March 21. The right-handed pitcher picked up the NEC weekly accolade after posting a 3-1 record for the Bobcats last week. Currently, Schwartzburg leads Quinnipiac with a 7-5 overall record and a 1.40 ERA.

Leading Ladies
Quinnipiac second baseman Jacqueline Ristow leads the Bobcats with a .325 batting average and 25 hits on the year. Christy Cabrera has picked up 13 RBI, while sophomore Lauren Salgado has scored a team-high 13 runs for the Bobcats.

Dangerous Defense
Senior captain Joelle Jacobsen leads the Bobcats with 157 putouts this season, while Ashley Heiberger has recorded 117 putouts. Sophomore third baseman Bridget Figmic has compiled 50 assists on the year.

What's Next For Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac returns to action when it plays a doubleheader at the University of Connecticut on Thursday, March 24 starting at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be held at the UConn Softball Complex.