Softball Plays San Diego State, San Diego This Week

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 0-0 NEC) at
San Diego State University Aztecs (15-14, 0-0 Mountain West)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
SDSU Softball Stadium – San Diego, Calif.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 0-0 NEC) at
University of San Diego Toreros (11-10, 0-0 PCSC)
Wednesday, March 14 – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
USD Softball Complex – San Diego, Calif.

Bobcats Continue Play In The Golden State
The Quinnipiac University softball team (9-4, 0-0 NEC) plays a pair of games against non-conference opponents, San Diego State (15-14, 0-0 MW) and San Diego (11-10, 0-0 PCSC), this week. The Bobcats first take on SDSU on Tuesday, March 13, followed by San Diego on Wednesday, March 14. Both games begin at 9 p.m. (EST).

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Live stats for both games will be available by clicking on the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac softball schedule at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State hosts the Bobcats on Tuesday, posting a 15-14 overall record. The Aztecs recently competed at Fresno State’s Bayer CropScience Classic, where they went 2-3 in tournament action. San Diego State picked up wins over Butler and Connecticut, but fell to nationally ranked California and Oregon, and lost to Purdue at the tourney. Earlier in the year, SDSU was picked to win the Mountain West regular season title. The Aztecs are currently led by sophomore Haley Miles’ .389 batting average, 35 hits, 29 runs, and 12 doubles. Fellow sophomore Patrice Jackson paces SDSU with 22 RBI and a .810 slugging percentage. Together, Miles, Jackson and sophomore Lorena Klopp have contributed 18 homeruns in the 2012 season. Starting junior pitcher Rebecca Arbino leads the team with a 1.80 ERA and a 7-6 mark from within the circle, while senior Bailey Micetich is 6-3 on the year with a 2.26 ERA.

Scouting San Diego
San Diego enters the week at 11-10 on the year. Most recently, the Toreros went 1-4 at the Nevada Classic. USD split a pair of games against Wisconsin, but lost three to tourney host Nevada. Three Toreros currently post batting averages above the .350 mark, including freshman Caitlin Rooney who is batting a team-high .365. Rooney and junior Lauren Toomey have contributed 11 RBI, while senior catcher Taylor Hensley’s 16 RBI ranks first amongst the Toreros. Rookie third baseman Chloe Kaneko leads the team with 23 hits, while senior Jessica Tieszen and Morgan Kurtz have scored 25 runs together. Senior Cassidy Coleman and freshman Jenny Lahitte have represented San Diego from inside the circle, posting 2.78 and 2.90 ERAs, respectively. Each has made 14 appearances and eight starts this season. Together, Coleman and Lahitte have struck out 129 batters and pitched over 100 innings.

Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University softball team competed at its third tournament of the 2012 season at UC Riverside’s Amy S. Harrison Classic over the weekend. The Bobcats went 2-2, picking up wins against Saint Joseph’s, 1-0, and UC Riverside, 3-2. QU fell to non-conference opponents Loyola Marymount, 3-0, and UC Riverside, 3-2.

QU Softball Shuts Out
The Bobcats recorded their third shutout of the year in a 1-0 victory over Saint Joseph’s University on March 10 at UC Riverside’s tournament. Christy Cabrera led the Bobcats against the Hawks as she pitched a complete game for her first win of her senior season, while junior Alex Alba’s first homerun of the year gave QU the win.

Leading Ladies
Quinnipiac senior Mina Duffy currently leads the team with 12 RBI, while fellow classmate Christy Cabrera has contributed a team-high 17 hits. Junior Alex Alba currently paces the team with a .444 batting averages, while three Bobcats have scored seven runs this season.

Keep Up The Good Work
Starting pitcher Heather Schwartzburg went 1-1 at the UC Riverside tournament, improving her senior record to 5-1. Schwartzburg currently posts a near-perfect 0.79 ERA after making eight appearances for the Bobcats. She also collected her 50th strikeout of the season in tournament action and now has 51 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched.

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.

Fierce In Florida
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 Touranment. Senior Heather Schwartzburg also earned two wins, pitching two complete games, one lasting 10 innings.

What’s Ahead For The Bobcats
Quinnipiac returns to action when it participates at the San Diego State University Classic II on March 16-18. The Bobcats will first play CSU Bakersfield on Friday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a pair of games on Saturday, March 17 against Nevada and tourney host San Diego State. On Sunday, March 18 QU will take on Purdue at Noon in the last day of tournament play. All games will be played at the SDSU Softball Stadium in San Diego, Calif.

Contact: Lindsay Oliveri, lmoliveri@quinnipiac.edu