April 29, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 22-28 in baseball, softball and outdoor track and field.
Holy Cross topped Army 2-0 in Sunday’s opener to earn its first regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Baseball Tournament, which begins with three-game semifinal series on May 11-12. The Crusaders will play host to fourth-seed Bucknell in the opening matchup, while third-seed Army pays a visit to archrival second-seed Navy. The winners will face off for the Patriot League Championship the following weekend.
The seeds are set for the Patriot League Softball Tournament with Lehigh capturing the No. 1 slot and hosting responsibilities with a four-game sweep at Colgate over the weekend. The Mountain Hawks have won 12 straight and finish April with a 21-2 mark. Army won all four games at Lafayette to power to the No. 2 seed, while Bucknell swept Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., to claim the third seed. Colgate will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament, set for May 9-11 at Lehigh’s Kaufman Field. This week Army, Colgate and Lafayette finish up their regular season slates.
Most Patriot League outdoor track and field teams convened at the Penn Relays over the weekend, with a number of standout performances highlighted by Navy’s Mark Vetere winning the pole vault competition. That sets the stage for the big weekend ahead with the Patriot League Championships at Lehigh on Friday and Saturday.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GREG DUPELL, NAVY Sr., OF, Tampa, Fla.
Dupell batted .526 (10-for-19) with seven runs scored and four RBIs as Navy went 5-0 last week, including a four-game sweep at Lehigh that gave the Mids the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Dupell scored at least one run in all four games against the Mountain Hawks, and had a hit in three of the four contests. He was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks in a 5-3 victory in the series opener on Saturday, and went 4-for-6 with three runs, two RBIs and a pair of doubles to lead Navy to a 12-5 win in Sunday’s finale. Dupell finished with three doubles, four walks and two steals in the five games. Dupell is named Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time this season and third in his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
DONNY MURRAY, HOLY CROSS So., P, Walpole, Mass.
Murray was dominant against Army on Sunday, pitching a one-hit seven-inning shutout to lead the Crusaders to a 2-0 victory that clinched the Patriot League regular-season title and top seed in the upcoming League Tournament. Murray gave up his only hit in the fifth inning while walking two and striking out five to pick up his fifth win of the season and first career shutout. He is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the first time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LUKE GILLINGHAM, NAVY Fr., P, Coronado, Calif
Gillingham threw a nine-inning complete-game with a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead Navy to a 6-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday. He allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk to win his third consecutive start. Gillingham’s 12 strikeouts were the second-most by a Navy pitcher this season. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
TOBY SCHWARTZ, LAFAYETTE So., P, Ramsey, N.J.
Schwartz pitched the first nine-inning shutout of his career, allowing five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a 9-0 blanking of Bucknell on Sunday.
BRYSON HOUGH, BUCKNELL So., P, Fairfax, Va.
Hough pitched a seven-inning shutout with three hits and a walk allowed and four strikeouts in a 4-0 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
PATRICK MESCHER, ARMY Jr., 1B, Versailles, Ohio
Mescher batted .533 (8-for-15) with two home runs, four RBIs and six runs scored in five games last week.
EVAN OCELLO, HOLY CROSS So., OF, Camarillo, Calif.
Ocello batted .409 (9-for-22) with six runs scored and an RBI in five games last week.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX REYNOLDS, ARMY Sr., 2B, Katy, Texas
Reynolds extended her hitting streak to nine and batted 10-for-22 (.455) in all six Army victories last week. She started the week going 4-for-7 with three RBI in a doubleheader sweep over Yale, then hit .400 (6-for-15) in the four-game sweep at Lafayette that powered the Black Knights to the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. She exploded for a 3-for-4 showing at the plate with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Army’s 8-3 win over the Leopards in Sunday’s nightcap. Four of Reynolds’ 10 hits on the week went for extra bases, and she slugged .818. She’s also now owns Army’s career lead in RBI with 131.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY So., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley was a workhorse for the Black Knights in helping them to their first four-game League sweep over the weekend against Lafayette. She pitched in five of the team’s six games for the week, going 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA overall and 4-0 in the series with the Leopards with a 1.63 ERA. She pitched 30 of 31 innings in the Lafayette series and held opposing hitters to .204 at the plate. After tossing 10 innings and yielding just one earned run in a complete-game 3-0 win in Saturday’s first game, Lashley returned to the rubber to toss a three-hit shutout with one walk and three strikeouts in a 1-0 victory that clinched Army its League Tournament berth. After tossing a complete game in Sunday’s first tilt with the Leopards, Lashley yielded one earned run on five hits over six innings in an 8-3 win in the nightcap.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DANA NIELSEN, BUCKNELL Fr., P, Pequannock, N.J.
Nielsen made three appearances last week with two starts and one in relief to help Bucknell win four games at Holy Cross to clinch its first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament since winning the title in 2010. After pitching four innings to claim the win in a non-League battle against St. Francis (Pa.), she tossed a one-hit shutout with two walks and five strikeouts as the Bison edged Holy Cross 1-0 in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader. Nielsen returned to the circle in Sunday’s first game and pitched 2.1 innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts to pick up the save in the Bison’s 4-3 tournament bid-clinching victory. For the week Nielsen pitched 13.1 innings with a 0.53 ERA with 12 strikeouts. She has yielded just one earned run in her last four appearances.
CHRISTIAN McKONE, ARMY Fr., OF, Bonney Lake, Wash.
Hit .409 (9-for-22) last week, hitting safely in five of the first six games. Logged multiple-hit outings in four games, drove in a pair of runs and stole three bases.
ERIN COX, BUCKNELL So., DP/1B, La Quinta, Calif.
Batted .471 last week and hit two home runs and drove in six runs in the four-game sweep of Holy Cross. Led the team in batting average, doubles (three), home runs, RBI and total bases (17) in five games. Drove in a career-high three runs in the Bison’s 7-6 nine-inning win at Holy Cross in Sunday’s nightcap.
COLLEEN AHERN, HOLY CROSS Fr., DP, Northbrook, Ill.
Hit .316 (6-for-19) for the week, including a 3-for-5 outing with a double and two RBI in a 7-6 nine-inning loss to Bucknell.
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH So., P, New Egypt, N.Y.
Went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in the Colgate series. Tossed two complete games, one a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and the other a four-hitter with one earned run allowed and nine strikeouts. Finished League play with four shutouts.
ROSIE ROESSEL, LEHIGH Sr., OF, Fairport, N.Y.
Batted .450 (9-for-20) overall and .462 (6-for-13) at Colgate. Scored one run in all six Lehigh games (all wins), and smacked a triple in a 5-1 win over Columbia. Drove in three runs and walked three times in the Colgate series.
MacKENZIE VELASQUEZ, LEHIGH Fr., OF, Plano, Texas
Batted .500 (10-for-20) and hit safely in all six outings. Drilled an RBI double in Sunday’s 7-0 win in game one at Colgate. Stole two bases against Columbia, and scored six times during the week (including five against the Raiders).
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen finished in second place in the 5,000-meter run at the Penn Relays with a time of 14:05.64, more than 30 seconds under the IC4A standard. It is the second-fastest time in program history and the No. 38 mark in the NCAA East Region this year.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli came in 12th place in the 3,000-meter run at the Penn Relays with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:45.41. It is nearly 15 seconds under the ECAC standard and the fourth-best mark in Bucknell history.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARK VETERE, NAVY So., Andover, Mass.
Vetere won the pole vault at the Penn Relays with a mark of 5.27 meters, which also broke the Navy school record. He won the college section and had the fourth-best overall height of all sections, which also included the American and Eastern Championships. His height comes in at No. 14 on the NCAA East Region leaderboard, and is the top mark in the Patriot League this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Jr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena placed fifth in the hammer throw at the Penn Relays with a mark of 57.55 meters, easily eclipsing the ECAC standard. The throw was a personal best, tops in the Patriot League this season and No. 19 on the NCAA East Region list.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY MENZA, BUCKNELL Fr., Englishtown, Pa.
Menza placed third in the 400-meter race at the Bloomsburg Maroon & Gold Invite with a time of 49.01. It was a career-best mark that came just 0.11 seconds away from the IC4A standard.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
GABRIELLE WARDLE, LEHIGH Fr., Toms River, N.J.
Wardle had two solid performances at the Lehigh Games, coming in second place in the javelin with a mark of 41.30 meters and third in the long jump at 4.84 meters. The javelin toss was just 0.10 meters away from an ECAC-qualifying mark.
ADEOLU ADESIDA, LEHIGH So., Princeton, N.J.
Adesida posted IC4A-qualifying marks in the high jump at both the Penn Relays and Lehigh Games, with his 2.12 meter leap at the latter event setting a school record.
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph placed third in the hammer throw at the Penn Relays with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 60.90 meters.
MAREESA GUYNN, NAVY Jr., Uniontown, Pa.
Guynn came in fifth place in the discus at the Penn Relays with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 48.03 meters, good for the top mark in the Patriot League this season and No. 48 in the NCAA East Region.
JOHN SWEENEY, NAVY So., Euclid, Ohio
Sweeney finished ninth in the 10,000-meter run at the Penn Relays with an IC4A-qualifying time of 29:55.29.
DEVIN MONROE, LEHIGH Sr., Severn, Md.
Monroe established IC4A-qualifying times in both the 100-meter (10.74) and 200-meter (21.77) races at the Lehigh Games while coming in first in each event.
EMILY ANDO, BUCKNELL Jr., Weston, Conn.
Ando won the pole vault at the Bloomsburg Maroon & Gold Invite with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 3.72 meters.