Softball Sweeps Monmouth In NEC Twinbill

Photos of QU-Monmouth Game

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University softball team swept Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 3 at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. Quinnipiac shut out the Hawks, 2-0, in the first outing and won, 4-1, in game two. With the wins, the Bobcats improve to 19-14 overall and at 3-1 in the NEC, while Monmouth drops to 12-13 on the year and at 3-3 in conference play.

Quinnipiac pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) improved to 12-6 on the year after picking up two victories against Monmouth. The right-handed junior pitched a complete game in the 2-0 shutout, while striking out seven batters. In the second contest, Schwartzburg struck out 12 batters across four innings. She only allowed one hit in each game against the Hawks.

In game one, the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Junior shortstop Christy Cabrera (Reno, Nev.) led off with a walk and advanced to third as Jacqueline Ristow (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) each grounded out. Cabrera went on to score Quinnipiac's first run of the game on a wild pitch.

Quinnipiac added a run in the sixth when senior Joelle Jacobsen (Flemington, N.J.) singled to right field, driving in Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.), who reached base on a walk.

The Bobcats outhit the Hawks, 6-2, in game one as six different players each contributed a hit against Monmouth. The Bobcats were led by Cabrera, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored. In addition, Heiberger had one hit on her only at bat, while Jacobsen went 1-for-2 with a RBI.

In the second outing, Monmouth went ahead 1-0 in the first, as Shannon Fitzgerald hit a single off Quinnipiac's Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.), to drive in Christine Scherr.

The Bobcats' tied the game at one run apiece in the bottom of the third when freshman Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) nailed her sixth-career home run to right center. In the fourth inning, Quinnipiac earned two runs on four hits to hold a 3-1 advantage. After Cabrera reached base on a single up the middle, Ristow hit her first homer of the year, to drive in two Quinnipiac runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, Duffy led off with a single to center field. Kortney Kesses (Woodbridge, Conn.) entered the game as the pinch runner for Duffy and went on to score an insurance run for Quinnipiac on a Cabrera single up the middle.

Paolucci went 3-for-3 in game two, while Cabrera went 3-for-4. Both Paolucci and Cabrera each added a run and a RBI. In addition, Quinnipiac third baseman Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) went 2-for-3, while Ristow drove in a team-high two runs, while scoring a run and contributing one hit. Duffy pitched three innings for the Bobcats, striking out three batters and only allowing one hit.

Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to play Fairfield on Thursday, April 7 at the Alumni Softball Field in Fairfield, Conn. at 3:30 p.m.