May 2, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 26-May 1 in baseball and softball and April 25-May 1 in outdoor track and field Monday.
BASEBALL: One of the most competitive regular seasons in Patriot League baseball annals came to an end on Sunday with the six teams separated by just four games in the final standings. Navy, Army, Lafayette and Bucknell qualified for the 2011 League Tournament, set to begin with the semifinal round on May 14-15 when the No. 4 Bison play at the No. 1 Mids and the No. 3 Leopards visit the No. 2 Black Knights in three-game series.
Navy claimed sole possession of first place in the regular season for the first time since 2000, and saw pitchers Ben Nelson and Preston Gainey earn weekly awards for their roles in victories against Lafayette over the weekend. Bucknell's Doug Shribman took home the Player of the Week honor after helping the Bison make the postseason by winning their series against Army.
SOFTBALL: The field and seeds have been set for the Patriot League Tournament, and Colgate has earned the right to host the four-team League bracket for the first time in school history. As the Raiders were shoring up the No. 1 seed over the weekend, the fourth and final bid came down to a four-game series between Bucknell and Army at West Point. Freshman Haley Pypes dominated in the circle for the Black Knights, tossing a no-hitter in Saturday's first game and the Black Knights completed the sweep in the nightcap to secure the fourth berth to the postseason. It's the sixth no-no in Army history and third this season in the Patriot League.
The last remaining piece of business determined Sunday was the No. 2 seed. It came down to Lehigh and Holy Cross, who happened to be playing a doubleheader that day. The Crusaders needed a sweep of the day to have a shot at capturing the second seed, but the Mountain Hawks turned the tables and earned the two wins to lock up No. 2. The teams will meet again May 12 when the League Tournament gets underway in Hamilton, N.Y.
There's non-League action on the docket this week as teams play their final tune-ups for the tournament. Holy Cross welcomes Central Connecticut to Worcester Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader and will visit Hartford Thursday for a pair. Two twin-bills are set for Wednesday, with Lafayette closing its season at home against Marist and Army getting ready for the League Tournament by playing Temple at West Point.
OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Host Navy had a ball at the 2010-11 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships in February. The Mids swept the men's and women's titles with the men edging out Army in the final two relay races to post one of the more exciting track and field championship finishes in the League's 20-year history.
Navy will look to duplicate its indoor success this Friday and Saturday at the 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields in Easton, Pa.
The Mids and Bison combined for four out of six weekly awards in the final weekend of the regular season with Navy's Dean Black earning the Male Track Athlete of the Week and Lauren Allam winning the Rookie of the Week award. Allam set the Patriot League record for Rookie of the Week awards, inning her fifth of the season, breaking the 2010 record of four set by Army's McKenzie Majchrzak.
Bucknell won two awards with Ted Heitzman winning his third and Bucknell's fourth Male Track Athlete of the Week, and freshman Alex Prieto won his second straight Rookie of the Week award.
Lehigh's Emily Settle was named the Female Field Athlete of the Week and American's Erin Koch won her second Female Track Athlete of the Week award.
The Army men and the Navy women enter the 2011 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the favorites to win, being voted No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll..
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DOUG SHRIBMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., 1B, Marblehead, Mass.
Shribman came up big on a weekend with the Bison in a must-win situation, going 5-for-13 with a home run, six RBIs and five runs scored as Bucknell won three of four games against Army and qualified for the Patriot League Tournament. Shribman went 3-for-8 with three runs and two RBIs in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, and helped seal Bucknell's tourney berth with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored as Bucknell locked up its spot with a 6-4 win in Sunday's opener. Shribman leads the Patriot League in season (16) and all-time (43) home runs, and his 153 career RBIs rank tied for third in Patriot League history and are just four off the school record. Shribman went 9-of-22 overall last week with hits in all six games, and now boasts an eight-game hitting streak. Shribman wins his second Player of the Week award of the season and third in his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BEN NELSON, NAVY So., P, Winter Springs, Fla.
Nelson pitched Navy into the Patriot League Tournament by tossing a complete game as the Mids opened the weekend with a 4-2 victory over Lafayette on Saturday. He gave up just two unearned runs on five hits with no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. It was Nelson's fourth complete-game effort in the last five starts. A four-time Rookie of the Week selection in 2010, Nelson claims his first Pitcher of the Week honor.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
PRESTON GAINEY, NAVY Fr., P, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Gainey came out of the bullpen to lock up the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the Mids by pitching 2.2 perfect innings with three strikeouts to pick up the save in a 4-2 win over Lafayette on Sunday. With the win in the final regular-season Patriot League game, Navy finished in first place in the Patriot League for the first time since 2002 and in sole possession for the first time since 2000. Gainey earns his second Rookie of the Week award of the season.
DAVE MILANES, NAVY So., DH, Iselin, N.J.
Milanes drove in seven runs and went 7-for-14 in Navy's weekend series with Lafayette.
JORDAN ENOS, HOLY CROSS So., C, Stockton, Calif.
Enos batted 8-for-18 with a home run, three RBIs, six runs scored and three doubles in six games for Holy Cross.
ROB FROIO, LAFAYETTE Sr., CF, Midlothian, Ill.
Froio became Lafayette's all-time hits leader during a week where he batted .368 with five runs and four RBIs.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STEPHANIE HARTQUIST, COLGATE Jr., 3B, Homer, N.Y.
Hartquist led the Raiders with a .500 batting average during the weekend series with Lafayette, helping her team post a Saturday doubleheader sweep that wrapped up the No. 1 seed and hosting responsibilities for the Patriot League Tournament. She combined to go 2-for-6 at the plate with a double and a steal in Saturday's victories, then she posted a 5-for-8 effort with one home run and three RBI with a double and another stolen base as the Raiders split with the Leopards on Sunday. She finished the week slugging 1.000. The Raiders will host the League Tournament for the first time in school history when it starts May 12 at Eaton Street Field in Hamilton, N.Y.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
REBECCA BLISS, LEHIGH So., P, Escondido, Calif.
Bliss made four appearances last week for Fran Troyan's Mountain Hawks, posting a 3-0 record and a save as Lehigh secured the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament by winning three of four from visiting Holy Cross. She began the week with a five-hit shutout as Lehigh blanked Rider 6-0 on Thursday. She opened the League series with the Crusaders with another strong performance, a complete-game two hitter where she walked one and struck out three as Lehigh posted a 3-0 victory. She entered both of Sunday's games in relief, earning the win in the first half of the doubleheader with 2.2 innings of one-hit ball and three strikeouts as the Mountain Hawks rallied for a 5-4 win. She returned to the circle in the second game and threw a perfect bottom of the seventh to close out Lehigh's 8-5 win. For the week she threw 15.2 innings, allowed only eight hits and one walk, struck out 10 and held opposing batters to a .143 average.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HALEY PYPES, ARMY Fr., P, Kansas City, Mo.
Pypes was absolutely stellar for the Black Knights last week, posting a perfect 4-0 record in 28 innings over four starts, and leading Army to its three wins in the final League series of the regular season with defending champion Bucknell. With the Black Knights needing a series split to capture the fourth and final berth in the League Tournament, Pypes tossed her first career no-hitter and sixth in program history in her team's 3-0 victory over the Bison in Saturday's opener. She walked six and struck out seven in the effort. She returned to the circle in game two and went the distance again, giving up one earned run on three hits, walking two and striking out seven as Army silenced Bucknell 6-1 to wrap up the final bid. Pypes pitched her fourth complete game of the week Sunday, allowing one earned run on four hits, walking five and striking out seven as the Black Knights posted a 3-1 win to earn the split of the day. She recorded a 1.25 earned-run average for the week, including a microscopic 0.67 during the Bucknell series, and averaged six strikeouts per seven innings.
JULIE FERNANDEZ, LEHIGH Jr., 1B, Moorpark, Calif.
Fernandez hit .476 during her team's 4-2 week with two home runs and nine RBI. She drove in five during the weekend series with Holy Cross, helping the Mountain Hawks take three out of four and sew up the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
RACHEL LeCOQ, COLGATE Fr., P, Gonzales, La.
LeCoq went 2-0 with a save in three appearances for the Raiders. Her gem of the weekend was a complete-game one-hitter where she walked one and struck out 11 as Colgate held on for a 1-0 win over Lafayette. She boasts a League-leading 16 wins on the season, while her 150 strikeouts are second-best in Colgate single-season history.
ALEX MacLEAN, BUCKNELL So., P, Northampton, Pa.
MacLean made four appearances last week, including three starts, and went 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA. She walked only two batters in 20 innings and posted a 0.65 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .164 average. With 14 strikeouts for the week, she has 208 for her career, placing fifth in Bucknell annals.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
DEAN BLACK, NAVY So., Colorado Springs, Colo.
Black finished seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Penn Relays, posting an IC4A time of 8:58.57. It was a personal record for Black and it was the top time run in the Patriot League this season. Navy has won three straight Track Athlete of the Week awards with three different runners.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ERIN KOCH, AMERICAN Sr., Perkasie, Pa.
Koch won her second Track Athlete of the Week award of the season, finishing 11th in the 3,000 at the Penn Relays with an ECAC time of 9:40.89.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TED HEITZMAN, BUCKNELL Jr., Elysburg, Pa.
Heitzman won his third Field Athlete of the Week award and Bucknell's fourth, finishing fourth in the javelin at the Penn Relays with a throw of 70.36 meters, nearly 12 meters better than the qualifying standard.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
EMILY SETTLE, LEHIGH Sr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Settle hit ECAC distances in the hammer throw at two separate events over the weekend, placing second at the Lehigh Games with a toss of 55.13 meters. She also finished third at the Penn Relays with a mark of 54.42.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX PRIETO, BUCKNELL Fr., Princeton Junction, N.J.
Prieto won his second straight Rookie of the Week award, winning the triple jump title in the Bloomsburg Maroon & Gold Open with a distance of 14.22 meters.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY Fr., Pasadena, Md.
Allam set a new League record with her fifth Rookie of the Week award, finishing seventh at the Penn Relays in the discus with an ECAC distance of 47.07 meters. It was her sixth straight ECAC-qualifying performance of the season.
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Jr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps placed second at the Penn Relays in the hammer throw. She hit an ECAC distance with her toss of 54.42 meters.
KAT FOLGER, BUCKNELL Jr., Groton, Mass.
Folger placed fourth in the javelin at the Penn Relays with an ECAC distance of 44.05 meters. It was a career-best throw and it ranked third in Bucknell history.