HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University softball team swept Fairleigh Dickinson in a Northeast Conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at the FDU Softball Field. The Bobcats defeated the Knights, 3-1, in game one and won, 5-1, in the second outing of the day. With the victories, Quinnipiac improves to 22-12 overall and 9-5 in league action, while FDU drops to 23-16 on the year and 5-9 in conference play.
Quinnipiac was led by senior Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif) who pitched two complete games, earning both wins to improve to 14-4 on the year. Schwartzburg scattered six hits in total and struck out 12 FDU batters. She only allowed two earned runs on the afternoon.
Senior Christy Cabrera (West Sacramento, Calif.) and junior Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) each went 3-for-7 on the afternoon, while Cabrera and junior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) each scored two runs. Junior Jacquie Ristow compiled a team-leading three RBI as she went 3-for-8 in the two-game set. Senior Mina Duffy (Piedmont, Calif.) launched her seventh homerun of the season.
Overall, the Bobcats outhit the Knights, 16-to-6, while collecting 22 total bases compared to Fairleigh Dickinson's seven. QU made three errors, but FDU combined for eight errors on the day.
In game one, Schwartzburg came close to pitching a no-hitter as she held the Knights to only one hit in the seventh inning. Fairleigh Dickinson's Megan Reiner took her fifth loss of the year after seeing a complete game from within the circle.
After four scoreless innings, Quinnipiac took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. With two outs and runners on first and third base, Ristow doubled to left field which brought in Cabrera and junior Bridget Figmic (Stratford, Conn.) for the two-run advantage. Both runs were deemed unearned as Figmic reached on a FDU fielding error.
In the top of the seventh, the Bobcats increased their advantage, 3-0. Salgado led off the inning with a single to left center. After Salgado stole second, the QU leftfielder crossed home plate for another unearned run as Cabrera reached on a Knights error. In the bottom of the inning, Fairleigh Dickinson narrowed the gap, 3-1, as Maria Roney tallied the Knights' only run of the game when Kristen Shreve hit a sac fly to right field.
In the second outing, Schwartzburg scattered five hits and posted five strikeouts as she pitched her second complete game of the two-game series. Fairleigh Dickinson's Reiner received her second loss of the day and fifth overall, as she saw four innings of play. Maire Shaughnessy also pitched three innings for the Knights.
In the second outing, it was Fairleigh Dickinson to hold the first lead of the game. In the bottom of the first, FDU moved in front of the Bobcats, 1-0, Jordan Needle laced a RBI single down the left field line, allowing Cindy Zamudio to score from second base.
Quinnipiac responded with a pair of runs in the third inning to move ahead of the Knights, 2-1. With two outs on the inning, Alba doubled to right center. Duffy stepped up to the plate and homered to left center for the two-RBI homer.
In the next inning, the Bobcats widened their advantage, 5-1, as QU scored three runs on two hits and two errors. Quinnipiac's first run of the inning was scored by freshman Brittney Cyr (Southington, Conn.) who had entered the game to pinch run for senior catcher Ashley Heiberger (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Cyr tallied the unearned run when Ristow reached on a fielding error by FDU's first baseman. Cabrera and Salgado advanced to second and third respectively, on the play. Both Cabrera and Salgado would score as Alba singled up the middle.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to play Manhattan in a rescheduled, non-league twinbill on Wednesday, April 18. The first game will begin at 2 p.m.
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