Patriot League Softball Release - 3.15.12

Jen Colquhoun

March 15, 2012

Center Valley, Pa. -- As the last four teams wrap up spring break games in the sun of Florida, the Patriot League schedule is approaching quickly as the action moves north.

Army, Bucknell, Lafayette and Colgate all remain in Florida for their spring break trips, and each still have multiple games through the weekend. Meanwhile, Holy Cross goes to Stony Brook and Lehigh faces off with host Radford and Binghamton in Virginia.

Soon, however, the games move north and even to the home stadiums for Patriot League squads. Lehigh, Lafayette and Holy Cross will all play home openers next week, while Army also plays at home before Patriot League play begins.

The League schedule opens up on the weekend of March 31-April 1, with Colgate at Bucknell, Lehigh at Lafayette and Holy Cross at Army in four-game series to begin the slate.

Patriot League Notebook

Four Teams Concluding Spring Break Trips To Florida
The Patriot League has spent the better part of two weeks playing games in the sunshine state. First it was Lehigh and Holy Cross last week, with the Mountain Hawks going 7-3 in a 10-game stretch and the Crusaders at 2-10 in their 12-game stint. This week, Lafayette, Bucknell, Army and Colgate are all spending their spring break in Florida. Bucknell has been the most successful team heading into Thursday with a 2-2 record, while Colgate is 2-6, Army 1-3 and Lafayette 1-7 with games remaining for all four squads before heading north.

Lehigh's Colquhoun Adds ECAC Honor to Player of the Week Award
After being named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday, Lehigh's Jen Colquhoun added another honor as the ECAC Player of the Week the next day. Colquhoun batted .520 (13-for-25) with six runs, six RBIs, three doubles and three triples in a 6-2 week for Lehigh, which closed out its trip to the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. with a 7-3 record.

No-No for the Freshman....and Nearly Two in a Row
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 March 4. 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 the next day.

Mountain Hawks, Black Knights Off to Strong Starts
Army and Lehigh have both gotten off on their feet early in the season. The Mountain Hawks had a strong spring trip to even their record at 8-8 for the year, while the Black Knights have flirted with .500 all year and have a 7-8 record heading into Thursday.

Fregenti Sets Holy Cross Home Run Record
Early in her junior season, Sam Fregenti is already the all-time home run leader at Holy Cross. She cranked a pair of home runs in the spring trip for the Crusaders, breaking the mark while coming through with the game-winning RBIs in a 7-6 win over Yale on March 6.

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 (March 5-11)

Player of the Week
Colquhoun had a strong week to lead Lehigh to a winning mark in its action at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. She batted .520 (13-for-25) with six runs, six RBIs, three doubles and three triples as the Mountain Hawks went 6-2 last week to close out a 7-3 trip. Colquhoun went 3-for-3 with a double and a two-run triple for Lehigh's only runs in a 2-1 win over Detroit. She recorded 22 total bases and a .880 slugging percentage in the eight games. Colquhoun hit in seven of the eight games, including the final six contests, and had a trio of three-hit games. She had either a run scored or RBI in each of the eight contests. Colquhoun receives her second career Patriot League Player of the Week award.

Pitcher of the Week/B>
O'Connell did it all to lift Colgate to a 1-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in the first game of the FGCU Tournament on Sunday. She allowed only four hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings, and drove in the game's only run in the top of the eighth inning. O'Connell receives her second career Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award.

Rookie of the Week
CASSIE WAGGY, LEHIGH Fr., IF, Manteca, Calif.
Waggy batted .588 (10-for-17) with three runs scored and six RBIs during Lehigh's 6-2 week at the Rebel Spring Games. She had four multi-hit games, including a 2-for-2 effort with a run scored and four RBIs in a 12-5 win over South Dakota. She also went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI in a 6-3 triumph over Manhattan. Waggy hit safely in six of the eight games for the week. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.

Honorable Mentions
Bausher compiled a 3-1 record last week for Lehigh, allowing only two earned runs and 14 hits with 24 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work on the mound. She did not allow an earned run in any of her three victories.

Fregenti batted .276 with two home runs and nine RBIs for the Crusaders, and has already set the school's record with 17 career home runs early in her junior season.