Softball Opens Spring Break At UC Riverside Tournament This Weekend

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Amy S. Harrison Classic – March 9-11
Amy S. Harrison Field – Riverside Calif.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-2, 0-0 NEC)
Loyola Marymount University Lions (13-9, PCSC)
Saint Joseph’s University Hawks (5-8, 0-0 A-10)
University of California Riverside Highlanders (10-12, 0-0 Big West)

UC Riverside Tournament Schedule
March 9, 2012
Quinnipiac vs. Loyola Marymount – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
March 10, 2012
Quinnipiac vs. Saint Joseph’s – 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Quinnipiac at UC Riverside – 5:00 p.m. (EST)
March 11, 2012
Quinnipiac at UC Riverside – 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Complete Game Notes in PDF

QU Competes At UC Riverside This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University softball team (7-2, 0-0 NEC) travels to UC Riverside to compete in the Amy S. Harrison Classic this weekend. The Bobcats will first play Loyola Marymount (13-9, 0-0 PCSC) on Friday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m., followed by Saint Joseph’s (5-8, 0-0 A-10) on Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. QU will also face tournament host UC Riverside (10-12, 0-0 Big West) twice, on Saturday at 2:30 and Sunday, March 11 at Noon. All games will be held at the Amy S. Harrison Field in Riverside, Calif.

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Live stats for this weekend’s tournament games will be available by clicking on the appropriate links of the Quinnipiac softball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live stats will be made offered by the UC Riverside Sports Information department.

A Look At Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount enters the weekend at 13-9 overall, after competing in three tournaments at the start of its 2012 campaign. The Lions have also played five games at home, posting a 3-2 mark at Smith Field. LMU is led by Sam Fischer, who’s already earned four-consecutive Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week honors in her senior season. Fischer currently paces the Lions with a .547 batting average, 35 hits, 34 RBI, and 24 runs. The Lions’ starting shortstop has also contributed a team-high nine doubles and 12 homeruns while collecting 82 total bases in only 22 appearances. Molly Medeiros leads LMU from within the circle as she holds a 9-4 mark on the year and a team-leading 2.28 ERA. The Lions have high expectations this season after being picked to finish first in the 2012 PCSC preseason coaches’ poll.

Scouting Saint Joseph’s
After participating in three non-conference tournaments this year, the Hawks hold a 5-8 overall record, including a 2-5 mark in neutral contests. Most recently, Saint Joseph’s dropped a game to UC Riverside, 2-1, on March 6. Earlier in the season, senior pitcher Erin Gallagher set a program record for career strikeouts. Gallagher currently boosts a 2.15 ERA, while Lauren Pembleton’s 1.29 ERA leads the team. Based on SJU’s stats as of March 5, Rochelle Christman paces Saint Joseph’s with a .303 batting average, 18 total bases and 10 hits. Lauren Rendon’s six RBI rank first amongst the Hawks, while Moran Bernadette has scored a team-high seven runs on the year.

Reviewing UC Riverside
The University of California Riverside softball team currently stands at 10-12 on the year, sporting nine wins and three losses at home, with a 1-8 mark in neutral games this season.  In their most recent outing, the Highlanders swept a doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, March 7. UC Riverside is led by Alexis Pickett’s .397 batting average and 23 hits, while Brittany Keeney posts a team-high 16 runs, while Ariel Shore is 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts. Kayla White’s 21 RBI and 38 total-bases rank first amongst the Highlanders. Jordyn McDonald has earned six wins this year from the mound. McDonald leads the team with a 4.22 ERA, while she’s held opponents to a .263 batting average.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac competed at the University of South Florida Under Armour Invitational last weekend where the Bobcats went 3-2 to improve their overall record to 7-2. QU picked up wins over Florida Gulf Coast, 1-0, Bowling Green State, 7-4 and Miami (Ohio), 3-2. The Bobcats’ Alex Alba batted .500 as she went 7-for-14 on the weekend. Alba also had a team-best three doubles and collected 10 total bases. Senior catcher Ashley Heiberger led QU with four runs, while freshman Jordan Paolucci contributed three RBI. Paolucci and Heiberger each hit a homerun at the USF Tournament. Senior Heather Schwartzburg also earned two wins, pitching two complete games, one lasting 10 innings.                                                                                                                                                    

A Great Start
The Bobcats went undefeated (4-0) in its opening weekend at the Longwood Spring Classic on Feb. 25-26. QU swept each of its opponents, including Iona and Saint Peter’s, in a pair of non-conference games. Quinnipiac defeated Iona, 2-0 and 4-3, and Saint Peter’s 14-1 in a five-inning contest and 11-3 in six innings.

NEC Weekly Winner
Senior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg was named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after leading the Bobcats at the USF Under Armour Invite last weekend. Schwartzburg earned two wins, making three appearances and two starts, while pitching 17.2 innings. She collected 18 strikeouts as she held batters to .105 at the plate. Schwartzburg only allowed two unearned runs at the tourney. The weekly league accolade is Heather’s first of the 2012 season.

Game Winner
Freshman Nikki Barba scored the game-winning run in the Bobcats’ 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the bottom of the seventh inning. Barba currently leads all QU freshmen with a .240 batting average,  six hits and five runs scored.

Extra Innings
Quinnipiac played Miami (Ohio) in 10 innings, the most QU has played in a single game this season. The Bobcats earned a 3-2 victory as senior Christy Cabrera singled to drive in Kortney Kesses for the game-winning run in the top of the 10th.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac continues play in California as it faces San Diego State on Tuesday, March 13 and San Diego on Wednesday, March 14. Both games will be played at 9 p.m. (EST). The Bobcats will then compete at the San Diego State University Classic on March 16-18. After playing Harvard on Thursday, March 22, QU opens league play with a doubleheader at Mount St. Mary’s on March 24.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu