University (24-18, 8-4 NEC) vs.
University of Hartford (5-26, 2-7 America East)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 4:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac Softball Field - Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac Faces Hartford
The Quinnipiac University softball team hosts the University of Hartford in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats are currently 24-18 on the year while the Hawks enter Wednesday's game with an overall record of 5-26.
Breast Cancer Awareness Game
The Quinnipiac and Hartford softball programs are joining forces to make Wednesday's match-up a Breast Cancer Awareness game. Both teams will be wearing pink socks and shoe laces and will be selling t-shirts at the game to raise money for cancer research.
Follow Your Bobcats Live
Live stats and audio for Wednesday's contest will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Hartford enters Wednesday's game at 5-26 on the season and at 2-7 in the America East. In their most recent outing, the Hawks defeated Stony Brook, 4-3, in a rubber match on April 17. Prior to the win, Hartford split a conference doubleheader with Stony Brook on April 16. Hawks sophomore Kate Wacyk posts a team-high batting average of .333 and leads the team in runs (17) and home runs (4). Sophomore pitcher Nicole Springer leads Hartford with 25 hits and 16 RBI. Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Meade has recorded a 5.34 ERA and 3-11 mark this year, while junior Siera Sheehan leads Harford with 44 strikeouts. Springer has made 14 appearances from the circle for the Hawks, with a 6.09 ERA across 33.1 innings pitched.
All-Time Against The Hawks
Wednesday's contest marks the 14th meeting between Quinnipiac and Hartford. The Bobcats lead the all-time series with the Hawks, 7-6, and most recently played Hartford in the 1999 season, when they split a doubleheader with the Hawks.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, April 17, Quinnipiac improved to 8-4 and to second place in the Northeast Conference standings, after sweeping Central Connecticut State, 5-0 and 8-3, in a conference doubleheader at home. Junior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg led the Bobcats as she picked up both wins against the Blue Devils. Junior outfielder Christy Cabrera went 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBI on the day, while sophomore shortstop Alex Alba went 4-for-8 with one run scored and a team-high four RBI. Kim Brzezinski and Lauren Salgado each went 3-for-6, while Salgado also scored three runs and drove in a run for the Bobcats. In addition, Alba and freshman Jordan Paolucci each hit a home run against CCSU. Overall, the Bobcats outhit the Blue Devils, 21-13.
In game two of the doubleheader with Central Connecticut State, the Bobcats were down 3-1 after two innings of play. Quinnipiac came back and tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth as Jordan Paolucci hit a two-run homer with two outs on the inning. The Bobcats added five runs on four hits and two errors in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 8-3 victory over the Blue Devils.
Alex Alba hit her second home run of her sophomore season in Quinnipiac's 5-0 shutout against CCSU. The shortstop gave the Bobcats an early 3-0 lead when she hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Alba currently leads Quinnipiac with a .328 batting average and has compiled 39 hits, 17 runs and 17 RBI on the year.
Schwartzburg In The Spotlight Junior Heather Schwartzburg won her fourth Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the week title on April 18, after appearing in each of the Bobcats' four games over the weekend. The right-handed hurler pitched two complete games, one against Long Island and another in a 5-0 shutout versus CCSU. Overall, she pitched a total of 20 innings and picked up two conference wins to improve her 2011 record to 16-9. Schwartzburg recorded a 1.40 ERA, struck out 23 batters and held opponents to a .187 batting average.
Stats From The Circle
In addition to picking up four NEC weekly accolades this season, Heather Schwartzburg was recently named Quinnipiac's Female March Athlete of the Month for March. Schwartzburg has made 28 appearances and 20 starts for the Bobcats this year, recording a 1.46 ERA. The junior leads Quinnipiac with 210 strikeouts, across162.2 innings and has held opponents to a .177 batting average.
Freshman Jordan Paolucci leads the Bobcats with 24 RBI and 10 home runs in her freshman season. In each of Quinnipiac's six NEC doubleheaders this year, Paolucci has connected on at least one home run. The freshman has contributed 24 hits and 29 runs scored this season.
Christy Cabrera and Jacqueline Ristow each post a .304 batting average and each lead Quinnipiac with 42 hits on 138 attempts this year. Cabrera has scored 20 runs and picked up 20 RBI, while Ristow has contributed 19 runs and 19 RBI.
Sophomore Lauren Salgado currently leads Quinnipiac with 14 stolen bases. Salgado has been successful on 14-of-15 steal attempts in 2011. The outfielder needs two more stolen bases to match the 16 stolen bases she connected on in her freshman year.
Quinnipiac catcher Ashley Heiberger and senior captain Joelle Jacobsen have combined for almost 500 putouts on the year. Heiberger posts 248 putouts, while Jacobsen has contributed 233 in her final season with the Bobcats.
What's Next For Quinnipiac
The Bobcats return to action when they play a conference doubleheader at Sacred Heart on Friday, April 22 starting at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Park Softball Field in Fairfield, Conn. Quinnipiac will then host NEC opponent Fairleigh Dickinson in a twinbill on Saturday, April 23 beginning at noon at the Quinnipiac Softball Field in Hamden, Conn.