Softball Competes At San Diego Classic II This Weekend

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San Diego Classic II – March 16-18
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-5, 0-0 NEC)
California State Bakersfield Roadrunners (6-15, 0-0 PCSC)
Purdue University Boilermakers (14-7, 0-0 Big Ten)
San Diego State University Aztecs (16-14, 0-0 Mountain West)
University of San Diego Toreros (11-11, 0-0 PCSC)
University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels (12-12, 0-0 Mountain West)

Quinnipiac’s Schedule at the San Diego Classic II (all times EST)
Friday, March 16 – USD Softball Complex
Cal State Bakersfield vs. Quinnipiac – 12 p.m.
San Diego vs. Quinnipiac – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 – SDSU Softball Stadium
UNLV vs. Quinnipiac – 2:30 p.m.
San Diego State vs. Quinnipiac – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 – SDSU Softball Stadium
Purdue vs. Quinnipiac – 12 p.m.

Bobcats Compete At San Diego Classic II
The Quinnipiac softball team (10-5, 0-0 NEC) is set to play five games at the San Diego Classic II this weekend. The tournament is hosted by San Diego State and San Diego, with contests being held at the SDSU Softball Stadium and USD Softball Complex on March 16-18. The Bobcats open tournament action on Friday against Cal State Bakersfield (6-15, 0-0 PCSC) at 12 p.m. and San Diego (11-11, 0-0 PCSC) at 5 p.m. On Saturday, QU will face UNLV (12-12, 0-0 Mountain West) at 2:30 p.m. and San Diego State (16-14, 0-0 Mountain West) at 5 p.m. The Bobcats will then take on Purdue (14-7, 0-0 Big Ten) on Sunday at noon.

Tournament Information
Live stats will be available for tournament games this weekend. Fans can visit the Tournament Homepage by clicking on the links at the Quinnipiac softball schedule on the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, Fans can also find the entire tournament schedule, directions and hospitality information at the San Diego Classic II homepage.

Last Time Out
In its last two outings, Quinnipiac went 1-1 against two Golden State opponents. The Bobcats lost, 4-1, at San Diego State on Tuesday, March 13. QU’s Bridget Figmic stole home for the team’s only run of the game, while Christy Cabrera fell to 1-2 on the year after pitching six innings for the Bobcats. On Wednesday, March 14 Alex Alba scored the game-winning run to lift Quinnipiac past San Diego, 3-2. Heather Schwartzburg improved to 6-1 with the non-conference victory.

About Cal State Bakersfield
California State Bakersfield enters the weekend at 6-15 overall. Most recently, the team dropped a doubleheader to Connecticut. The Roadrunners are currently led by junior Laura King’s .411 batting average, while three teammates post batting averages above the .300 mark. King leads the team with 30 hits, while she and sophomore Karissa Veiga have scored  a team-high 12 runs. Myshayla Fryer paces the team with 13 RBI. Fellow sophomore Taylor Desilva currently boosts a 4.36 ERA with a 2-2 record, while Sarah Hoag has won three games this season and struck out a team-leading 32 batters.

Peeking At Purdue
The Boilermakers currently stand at 14-7 on the year, sporting an 11-5 record at neutral locations and 3-2 in away games. Last weekend, Purdue participated at the Bayer Cropscience Classic where it went 1-3. The team also played three games this week and will face BYU on Thursday evening, March 15. Three Boilermakers post batting averages above .400, including Lindsey Rains who also leads the team in runs (16) and RBI (17). Rains and Varsho have each contributed a team-leading 26 hits. Lexy Moore is Purdue’s leading pitcher with a 2.55 ERA, eight wins and 40 strikeouts on the season.

Scouting San Diego
San Diego, one of the tournament’s hosts, enters the weekend at 11-11 on the year after falling to Quinnipiac, 3-2, on Wednesday, March 14. Three Toreros are currently batting above .340, led by Lauren Tomey’s .385 batting average. Tomey paces the team with 25 hits, while Taylor Hensley has contributed a team-leading 17 RBI. Jessica Tieszen and Morgan Kurtz have combined for 25 runs. Cassidy Coleman and Jenny Lahitte have won nine games together with ERA’s below 3.0. They’ve also combined for 130 strikeouts.

The Details At San Diego State
San Diego State, the second host, enters the tournament at 16-14 overall. Most recently, the Aztecs defeated Quinnipiac, 4-1, on Tuesday, March 13. Haley Miles leads the team with a .387 batting average, 30 runs and 26 hits. Lorena Klopp paces the Aztecs with 22 RBI, while her .333 batting average stands second. Klopp has also scored a team-high eight homeruns, while Miles has hit 12 doubles on the year. Rebecca Arbino and Bailey Micetech have each earned seven wins for SDSU, while Arbino’s 1.74 ERA leads the team. They’ve struck out 135 batters this season.

A Look At UNLV
UNLV posts a 12-12 record in its 2012 campaign. The Rebels are 6-8 at home and 0-1 in away games, with a 6-3 mark in neutral locations. Last week, UNLV competed at the Long Beach State Invitational, where it went 3-2. Paige Emerson leads the team with a .378 batting average, while her 28 hits and nine RBI also pace UNLV. Emerson and Taylor Aleman have each tallied 13 runs for the Rebels, while Pauline Monreal has hit a team-best six homeruns.  Amanda Oliveto boasts a 1.83 ERA as she’s won eight games for UNLV. She’s already pitched 99.2 innings and struck out 72 batters, holding opponents to a .190 batting average.

Alba Makes It Happen
Alex Alba led Quinnipiac in its most recent win over San Diego. Alba went 3-for-4 in the outing and scored two runs, including the game-winner. Alba currently leads the Bobcats with a .465 batting average, 20 hits and 33 total bases. She’s also scored five runs and contributed six RBI on the year.

Preseason Picks
The Bobcats were selected to finish second in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the league on Feb. 14. The defending NEC regular season champion Robert Morris was picked as the favorite to win this year’s title, as they received six first-place votes, while QU garnered three first-place nods. Last season’s NEC tournament champion Sacred Heart was tabbed third in the poll, while Bryant was chosen fourth, followed by LIU Brooklyn and Central Conn. St. in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Monmouth landed seventh as it received a first-place vote, while Fairleigh Dickinson was picked eight and Wagner followed in the ninth spot. Mount St. Mary’s and Saint Francis (Pa.) rounded out the field.

What’s Ahead For Quinnipiac
The Bobcats return to action when they play a non-conference doubleheader at Harvard on Thursday, March 22 starting at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac opens Northeast Conference play that weekend as it travels to play a pair of games at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 24 and Monmouth on Sunday, March 25. Both league doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m.

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