March 8, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. -- While it turns out they could have played at home in an unseasonably warm winter, Patriot League softball teams took the safer route in scheduling and are all spending their spring break competing in the sunshine state.
Lehigh and Holy Cross made the first two spring break trips to Florida this week, both going to the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee. Lehigh won five consecutive games from Sunday-Tuesday to even its mark on the season at 6-6, while Holy Cross captured its first win on the trip on Tuesday against Yale after dropping its first five contests of the season.
Each team has also enjoyed significant individual accomplishments on the trip. Lehigh freshman Emily Bausher tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over South Dakota on Sunday, while junior Rebecca Bliss had a one-hitter in a 7-0 victory against Sacred Heart the next day. Holy Cross' Sam Fregenti became the school's all-time home run leader with her 17th career round-tripper in a 7-6 win over Yale on Tuesday.
Army, Colgate, Lafayette and Bucknell will all make their way to Florida over the weekend as they begin their spring break trips. The Leopards play their first action of the season on Saturday, while each team will have multiple games for their week in the sun.
The Patriot League schedule is still three weeks away, with League opening series on the weekend of March 31-April 1.
Patriot League Notebook
Lehigh, Holy Cross Start the Trek to Florida
Lehigh and Holy Cross became the first teams to make their spring trips to Florida this week. The Mountain Hawks and Crusaders each began their games on Sunday, and play double-digit contests until leaving the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. over the weekend. Next up, Bucknell, Lafayette, Colgate and Army make the trip to Florida as they hit spring break next week.
No-No for the Freshman....and Nearly Two in a Row
Mountain Hawks, Black Knights Off to Strong Starts
Lehigh freshman pitcher Emily Bausher threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and only one walk allowed in Lehigh's 4-0 victory over South Dakota on Sunday. She faced just two batters over the minimum, with one runner reaching via error in addition to the walk. Bausher earned her first collegiate win, and the 12 strikeouts are a single-game for Lehigh in 2012. Junior Rebecca Bliss followed that performance with a one-hit shutout as Lehigh beat Sacred Heart 7-0 on Monday.
Army and Lehigh have both gotten off on their feet early in the season. The Black Knights have posted a 6-5 mark, which included a 2-2 record last week. The Mountain Hawks are heating up on their Florida trip, with five consecutive wins at the Rebel Spring Games heading into Thursday. Lehigh was 1-6 but has evened its mark to 6-6 with five wins in three days.
Fernandez Earns Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Distinction
Lehigh senior first baseman Julie Fernandez has been named as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Softball Award. The award encompasses community, classroom, character and competition. A two-year captain for the Mountain Hawks, Fernandez has excelled in all four areas as one of the top hitters and first basemen in the region and as a behavioral neuroscience major with her sights set on medical school. Fernandez is the only Patriot League softball student-athlete to be named a candidate, joining an impressive list which features All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and more. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Lehigh Picked First in Preseason Softball Poll
After winning its 11th Patriot League title last season, Lehigh has been selected to claim the crown again in 2012 as the Mountain Hawks were picked first in the Patriot League Softball preseason poll. Lehigh took home 48 points and eight first-place votes from coaches and sports information directors, who were not allowed to vote for their own team. Colgate, which won last year's regular-season title, placed second with 44 points and the remaining four first-place votes and was followed in the voting by Army (30) and Holy Cross (26) with Bucknell and Lafayette tying for fifth place with 16 points.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (Feb. 27-March 4)
Player of the Week
ALEXIS AuBUCHON, ARMY Sr., 1B, Trinity, Fla.
AuBuchon batted .455 with two runs scored and an RBI to help Army to a 2-2 week. She was 2-for-2 with two runs scored an an RBI in a 7-2 win over Buffalo on Friday, and also went 2-for-2 with a double against Stony Brook on Sunday. She had a nine-game hitting streak until taking an 0-for-3 against Siena on Saturday. AuBuchon is batting .394 for the season and leads Army with 13 hits. AuBuchon wins the Player of the Week honor for the first time.
Pitcher and Rookie of the Week
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Fr., P, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and only one walk allowed in Lehigh's 4-0 victory over South Dakota on Sunday. She faced just two batters over the minimum, with one runner reaching via error in addition to the walk. Bausher earned her first collegiate win, and the 12 strikeouts are a single-game for Lehigh in 2012. She is named both Pitcher and Rookie of the Week for the first time.
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley allowed five earned runs in 15 innings of work over three games, with a 1-1 record that included a complete-game three-hitter in a 7-2 win over Buffalo on Friday.