March 11, 2011
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - The St. John’s softball team continues its Spring Break play in sunny Florida when it competes in the USF-Under Armour Showcase from March 11-13 at Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Live stats will be available for all games free of charge through RedStormSports.com. Free live video will be available for St. John’s game against Toledo on March 12 through Tampa Live Sports at TLSTV.com on Channel 1.
St. John’s and St. Joseph’s will play for for the first time in both programs’ histories at 10 a.m. on Friday at Field 2. The Red Storm remains at Field 2 for a 3 p.m. game against Quinnipiac. STJ, which holds a 6-1 lead in its all-time series against Bobcats, played Quinnipiac in fall exhibition play and took a 2-0 win at Red Storm Field.
On Saturday, the Red Storm takes on Toledo at 10 a.m. at Field 1 and heads to Field 2 for a 12:30 contest against Maryland. St. John’s has never faced Toledo, but it renews a series against Maryland that dates back to 2002. The Terrapins hold a 2-0 lead in the series and took an 8-1 win over the Red Storm the last time they played on Feb. 17, 2007, in the Florida Atlantic Tournament.
St. John’s wraps play in the showcase against Massachusetts on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Minutewomen lead the all-time series, 4-0. STJ last faced UMass in a doubleheader on April 14, 1994, when the Minutewomen posted 8-0 and 9-2 victories.
St. John’s heads back to the East Coast for its final non-conference tournament of the season. The Red Storm will compete in the JMU Dukes Invitational from March 18-20 in Harrisonburg, Va. STJ will play Binghamton and tournament-host James Madison twice each and Lehigh once.
• The Red Storm offense, which has generated 5.2 runs per game, has been impressive so far in 2011. St. John’s ranks among the BIG EAST’s best in a slew of offensive categories.
• Red Storm senior right fielder Chelsea Durning
continues to make her mark in the St. John’s record books. Durning’s 71 career walks and 18 times hit by a pitch are school records. Her 39 career doubles is just three away from passing the school record of 41, which Teresa DiRoberto has held since 1989.
• Freshman Aleshia Link won the first two starts of her St. John’s career in the Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament last weekend in Fort Myers, Fla. On March 5, Link threw six innings with two strikeouts and no earned runs to lead STJ to an 11-3, six-inning victory. The next day, Link tossed five innings with one strikeout and three earned runs as the Red Storm hung on for a 9-7 win over Tennessee-Martin.
• Sophomore Chrissy Montez’s eight-game hitting streak was snapped on March 6 in STJ’s win over UT-Martin. During the streak, Montez hit .500, going 11-of-22 with two home runs, 11 RBI, one double, eight runs and five walks. Her slugging percentage over that stretch was a whopping .818 and her on-base percentage was .571.
• Sophomore Amber Curry recorded her first home run of the season in St. John’s 9-7 win over Tennessee-Martin on March 6 in the Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament. With one on and one out, Curry crushed a 1-2 pitch from Tennessee-Martin starter Chelsea Jones off of the scoreboard in left field to give STJ a 2-0 advantage.
• The Red Storm’s last game against Quinnipiac was on Feb. 22, 2009, in the Longwood Tournament. STJ took a 3-1 victory. Quinnipiac has not defeated St. John’s since March 14, 1986, when the Bobcats won 2-0.
• On March 8, St. John’s squared off against the Dutch National Team in an exhibition contest at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The Netherlands took a 12-5 win, but not before a slew of St. John’s batters shined in international play. Junior Kristi Cady led the way, going 3-of-4 with one run scored. Montez went 2-of-4 with one RBI. Durning, Fachon Jones and Kelsey Moyer each recorded one hit and one RBI. Julia Sanchez had one hit and one run scored. Jackie Reed drew two walks with one RBI and one run.
Scouting St. Joseph’s
• Saint Joseph’s is 9-5 on the season and is coming off five straight wins.
• The Hawks’ strength is their pitching, which has held opposing hitters to a .193 batting average. SJU has a team ERA of 3.41. Offensively, the Hawks are hitting .279 as a team and lefty outfielder Dana Parks is batting .500 (23-of-46).
• Quinnipiac is 7-6 on the season and went 3-2 in last week’s USF-Under Armour Invitational.
• Pitching has been the strength of the Bobcats. Quinnipiac ace Heather Schwartzberg is 3-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 49 strikeouts over 38.2 innings of work.
• Toledo is 1-11 this year and coming off six straight losses.
• The Rockets have a 7.23 ERA and opponents are hitting .365 against them. Lindsey Tobias is Toledo’s top hitter, batting .324 (11-of-34) with two home runs, six RBI, one double and seven runs scored.
• Maryland is 9-8 this season and coming off a 1-1 split against East Carolina in College Park, Md.
• The Terrapins have a balanced attack of hitting and pitching. UM’s top hitter is Bree Hanafin, who is batting .419 with four homers and 11 RBI.
• Massachusetts is 2-10 on the season and coming off eight straight losses.
• Pitching has been the strength of UMass. The Minutewomen have a 2.48 team ERA with 122 strikeouts over just 82.0 innigs. Sara Plourde has been outstanding with a 2.16 ERA with 103 strikeouts over 64.2 innings.