HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior pitcher Heather Schwartzburg (Mission Viejo, Calif.) led the Quinnipiac University softball team in its Northeast Conference split with Robert Morris University on Saturday afternoon at the QU Softball Field. Schwartzburg pitched two complete games as the Bobcats fell to the Colonials, 1-0, in the first contest and won, 3-1, in the second outing of the afternoon. Quinnipiac now stands at 24-15 on the year and 10-6 in NEC play, while Robert Morris becomes 29-19 overall and 13-5 in the league.
QU's Schwartzburg took her fifth loss of the season after pitching seven innings in game one. Schwartzburg scattered four hits and struck out six batters while allowing one unearned run. The Colonials' Nicole Sleith saw a complete game for RMU as she gave up three hits and one walk. Sleith compiled eight strikeouts as she improved to 20-10 on the year.
After three scoreless innings, Robert Morris moved in front of Quinnipiac, 1-0. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Jaci Timko reached on a Bobcats' error. Cassie Show scored an unearned run on the play as she crossed home plate from third base.
The Bobcats were unable to come back, despite placing runners on second and third base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Robert Morris had a chance to take an early lead in the top of the second when Timko launched a Schwartzburg fastball to deep left field. Junior Lauren Salgado (Covina, Calif.) tracked the ball into the leftfield gap and made a leaping catch over the fence to keep the game tied at 0-0. The Colonials added two runners on second and third after a QU error, but Schwartzburg would retire the next two RMU batters.
In the top of the fourth, Timko blasted a homerun that hit off the scoreboard in centerfield, giving Robert Morris a 1-0 advantage midway through the outing.
The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the inning, taking their first lead of the afternoon, 2-1. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Geena Badolato threw a wild pitch, sending Ristow home from third. Barba then reached on an error by the Colonials' third baseman, allowing Alba to tally the unearned run also from third base after she advanced on the wild pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth, QU widened the gap, 3-1, as senior Christy Cabrera (West Sacramento, Calif.) crossed home plate on another Robert Morris wild pitch, this time by Sleith, who entered the contest after Cabrera led off the inning with a double to left field.
Schwartzburg earned her 15th win as she fanned another six RMU batters, while only allowing two hits. Badolato saw five innings from within the circle as she fell to 8-9 overall after letting up four QU hits and two earned runs.
Quinnipiac's league doubleheader against Saint Francis (Pa.), originally scheduled for Sunday, April 22 at 12 p.m. at the QU Softball Field, has been postponed due to inclement weather. Fans can refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for all scores, news and schedule updates.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, April 25 when they travel to play a pair of non-conference games at the University of Hartford. The first contest will begin at 2:30 p.m.
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