Schwartzburg, Duffy, And Alba Earn All-NEC Softball Honors

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Three members of the Quinnipiac University softball team received All-Northeast Conference accolades, as announced by the league office on Thursday morning. Senior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was named to the All-NEC first team, while senior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) and junior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) were selected to the All-Conference second team.

Schwartzburg was one of two pitchers placed on this year’s first team after guiding the Bobcats to their third consecutive NEC Tournament appearance. The QU starting pitcher paces the conference with a 1.47 ERA and .164 opponent batting average, while her team-leading 190 strikeouts rank third in the league. Schwartzburg has also compiled the most wins (18) and saves (3) for Quinnipiac as she’s made 24 starts and completed 20 games from within the circle. She was also named NEC Pitcher of the Week twice during the 2012 season.

This marks Schwartzburg’s third consecutive first-team honor. She also nabbed the 2011 NEC Pitcher of the Year title and won the NEC’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009.

Duffy earns the first All-NEC recognition of her career after a successful senior campaign.  She lands a spot as one of three outfielders on the second team. Duffy has compiled 36 hits and 21 runs scored this year, while she’s tied for first on the team in RBI (27) and home runs (7). Her slugging percentage (.464) also ranks second for Quinnipiac. Last year, she was selected to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Alba picks up her second All-Conference tribute after a tremendous season from the plate. The junior shortstop leads the Bobcats with a .343 batting average and .607 slugging percentage, which also ranks fifth in the NEC. She’s matched a team-leading 48 hits, 28 RBI and seven home runs, while contributing 21 runs scored. As a freshman, Alba was named the league’s 2009 Rookie of the Year.

The Bobcats return to action as they compete in the 2012 NEC Softball Championships as the second seed. Quinnipiac will first play No. 3 LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the North Athletic Complex. The tournament is hosted by Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa. 

2012 Northeast Conference Softball Post Season Awards
Player of the Year
Kaitie Schumacher, Monmouth
Pitcher of the Year
Nicole Sleith, Robert Morris
Golden Glove Award
Samantha Santillo, Robert Morris
Rookie of the Year
Nicole Sleith, Robert Morris
Most Improved Player
Kaitie Schumacher, Monmouth
Coaching Staff of the Year
Robert Morris

2012 All Northeast Conference Softball First Team
Pitcher

Nicole Sleith, Robert Morris
Heather Schwartzburg, Quinnipiac
First Base
Liz Christiansen, Mount St. Mary's
Second Base
Taylor Parsons, Saint Francis (PA)
Third Base
Vanessa Cardoza, Monmouth
Shortstop 
Aubrey Mable, Bryant
Outfielders
Madeline Velasquez, Bryant
Rebecca Mussatti, Central Connecticut State
Karina Cervantes, LIU Brooklyn
Catcher
Paige Smith, Saint Francis (PA)
Designated Player
Kaitie Schumacher, Monmouth
Utility Player
Nichole Toven, LIU Brooklyn

2012 All Northeast Conference Softball Second Team 
Pitcher
Laura Messina, Central Connecticut State
Nicole Pagano, Mount St. Mary's
First Base
Nicole Springer, Central Connecticut State
Second Base
Brittany Huss, Wagner
Third Base
Kristen Matteoni, Wagner
Shortstop 
Alex Alba, Quinnipiac
Outfielders
Jaci Timko, Robert Morris
Mina Duffy, Quinnipiac
Jade Bowins, Sacred Heart
Catcher
Samantha Santillo, Robert Morris
Designated Player
Taylor Darneille, Saint Francis (PA)
Utility Player
Nicole Sidor, Sacred Heart

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu