Softball Hosts Connecticut On Wednesday, April 11 At 3:30 PM

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (18-11, 6-4 NEC) vs.
University of Connecticut Huskies (17-14, 6-3 Big East)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
QU Softball Field – Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Welcome The Huskies
The Quinnipiac University softball team (18-11, 6-4 NEC) will host the University of Connecticut (17-14, 6-3) in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday, April 11 at the QU Softball Field in Hamden, Conn. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Most recently, the Bobcats split a pair of Northeast Conference doubleheaders at LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut State over the weekend, while the Huskies enter Wednesday’s contest on a four-game winning streak.

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Live stats and audio for Wednesday’s game will be available by clicking on the appropriate links of the Quinnipiac softball schedule at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting UConn
Connecticut enters Wednesday at 17-14 on the year after winning four consecutive games at home, improving their home record to 7-0. The Huskies are also 6-9 on the year with a 4-5 mark in neutral locations. Currently, UConn stands at 6-3 in Big East Play. In their most recent outings, the Huskies swept Villanova in three league contests over the weekend. Amy Vaughan leads Connecticut with a .358 batting average, while ranking first in hits (34), RBI (30), doubles (10) and homeruns (9). Vaughan also paces the Huskies with a .747 slugging percentage, while Andrea Huelsenbeck posts a team-high .413 on-base percentage. Emily O’Donnell currently leads UConn with 30 runs scored while batting .337 on the year. Marissa Guches has been a consistent member of the Huskies’ squad, holding the team’s second-leading batting average (.340). Kiki Saveriano has led Connecticut from within the circle as she posts a team-high 11 wins, 80 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA in 19 appearances.

All-Time Against The Huskies
Quinnipiac holds an all-time record of 4-15 with Connecticut. Last season, the Bobcats defeated the Huskies, 7-3, on UConn’s home turf on March 31, 2011. Overall, six different Bobcats scored runs against the Huskies, while seven QU batters contributed at least one hit in the outing. Heather Schwartzburg picked up the win as she pitched six innings, posting six strikeouts and allowing only one earned run.

Last Time Out
In their most recent outings, the Bobcats split a NEC doubleheader at Central Connecticut State on Saturday, April 7. Quinnipiac earned a 3-2 victory and game one, but lost, 4-2, in the second contest of the day. Senior Heather Schwartzburg picked up the win after pitching a complete game, scattering five hits and striking out seven batters. Junior Jacquie Ristow batted a team-high .429 (3-for-7) on the afternoon, also compiling three RBI and a run scored with a .857 slugging percentage. She also hit her first homer of the 2012 season. Senior Christy Cabrera led the Bobcats with two runs scored.

A Look At Friday’s Twinbill At LIU
The Bobcats split a pair of NEC games at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, April 6. After falling to the Blackbirds, 5-4, Quinnipiac came back and won, 13-4, later in the day. Starting pitcher Heather Schwartzburg saw seven innings from within the circle, striking out six batters for the win. Freshman Nikki Barba paced QU with a .500 batting average, compiling a team-leading four hits with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Mina Duffy and junior Alex Alba each launched home runs. Overall, the Bobcats outhit the Blackbirds, 18-to-14, while collecting 14 RBI and 17 runs scored overall.

Heating Up At Home
The Bobcats are currently undefeated at home, boasting a 3-0 record at the QU Softball Field this season. Quinnipiac opened play in Hamden, Conn. with a sweep of NEC foe Sacred Heart, 12-7 and 5-4, on April 1. The Bobcats followed the wins with a 2-0 non-conference victory against Fairfield on April 4. QU looks to build on this success with three straight home games against UConn and Wagner this week.

RPI Rankings
Quinnipiac moved ahead to 119th in the NCAA Softball RPI Rankings, after standing in the 121st slot last week. The Bobcats now leads all Northeast Conference schools in the rankings.

Schwartzburg’s Success
Senior Heather Schwartzburg continues to lead the Bobcats from within this circle, posting a team and conference leading 1.40 ERA, which also ranks 25th in the country. Schwartzburg also leads Quinnipiac and stands fifth in the NEC in innings pitched (104.2), fourth in batters struck out (119) and wins (11), and second in opposing batting average (.179). She also ranks 20th in the NCAA standings in hits allowed per seven innings (4.35).

Alba Leads The Bobcats
Junior Alex Alba leads the Bobcats with a .361 batting average, while ranking fourth in the NEC standings in slugging percentage (.602). Alba continues to place in the NCAA rankings in toughest to strike out, currently standing 41st.

Leading Ladies
QU senior Mina Duffy paces the Bobcats with 22 RBI and six homeruns, while fellow classmate Christy Cabrera has scored a team-high 18 runs on the year. In addition to ranking first for the Bobcats in batting average and slugging percentage, junior Alex Alba leads QU with a .393 on-base percentage, nine doubles and 50 total bases.

Walk This Way
Christy Cabrera has been walked 13 times this season, the most of any members of the QU squad, helping the senior post a .371 on-base percentage.

Homerun Hitters
Quinnipiac has compiled 17 homeruns throughout the year, led by senior Mina Duffy’s six homers. The Bobcats matched the NCAA consecutive homerun record as they put together four straight homers in their NEC victory over Sacred Heart on April 1.

Fielding Facts
The Bobcats boast the highest fielding percentage in the Northeast Conference at .975, which also ranks in the top-25 in the NCAA standings. Quinnipiac has only made 21 errors in 29 games, while its opponents have made 40 errors this year.

Success In Stolen Bases
Quinnipiac ranks third in the NEC in stolen bases, as it’s been successful on 24-of-28 stolen base attempts this season, while its opponents have recorded 12 stolen bases on the year. The Bobcats’ efforts are led by junior Lauren Salgado’s perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases, while 10 Bobcats in total have posted at least one during 2012.

What’s Ahead For QU
The Bobcats return to action when they host Wagner in a league doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 with the first game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the QU Softball Field in Hamden, Conn. QU then travels for a NEC twinbill at Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday, April 15 at Noon.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu