Bucknell's Lara Bean
April 1, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A showdown between the top two teams in the Patriot League pre-season women's softball poll headlines the weekend schedule as Lehigh travels to take on Boston University.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Lehigh has won ten straight games and is batting .440 through six Patriot League contests.
*Following a rainout on March 27, Colgate will go 13 days between games when they take the field on Saturday.
*Boston University freshman Brittany Younan raised her batting average to .404 on the season.
*Bucknell junior C/OF Kristen Zahn is riding an eight-game hitting streak and is now batting .397.
*Army senior Amanda Nguyen went over the century mark in career steals and now has 102.
Lehigh Heads to Boston University for Early-Season Patriot League Showdown
While the Patriot League softball schedule is only one-third complete an early-season showdown between the top two teams in the preseason poll headlines the weekend slate. Lehigh will take its 6-0 league mark to Boston University for a weekend series. The Terriers, in their first season as a member of the Patriot League, were picked to finish second in the preseason poll -- just three votes short of the Mountain Hawks. Boston University is led by senior Jayme Mask and freshmen Brittany Younan and Moriah Connolly who are all hitting over .340 this season and are a combined 36-for-40 in stolen bases. Lehigh relies on Preseason Player of the Year Morgan Decker as well as pitchers Christine Campbell, Ashley Quigley and Emily Bausher. In other Patriot League action, Lafayette hosts Bucknell and Army travels to take on Colgate. Holy Cross will try to stay sharp with a Sunday doubleheader against UMass-Lowell.
Boston University, Colgate and Holy Cross Still Waiting to Play Home Openers
The stormy weather that has plagued the northeast over the past week has delayed the home openers for three Patriot League teams that still have yet to play a game in their friendly confines. Boston University had another chance wiped out when Tuesday's contest against Connecticut was postponed. The Terriers and Huskies will try again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Weather also canceled Colgate's doubleheader with Niagara and Holy Cross' twin bill with UMass-Lowell on March 27. The Crusaders will attempt to get the home slate underway on Thursday against Siena while the Raiders will have to wait until the weekend when Army comes to Hamilton, N.Y. for a three-game series.
Lehigh Edges Boston University at top of Preseason Rankings
Lehigh received eight of 11 first place votes to end up on top of the Patriot League preseason softball rankings with 66 points. Boston University, playing in its first season as a member of the league, received the remaining three first place votes and 63 points to be tabbed for second. Defending Patriot League softball tournament champ Army is third with 55 points followed by Colgate 40, Bucknell 36, Holy Cross 18 and Lafayette 16. A pair of Mountain Hawks claimed preseason individual recognition, as third baseman Morgan Decker, a sophomore, was named the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year and Bausher claimed the Preseason Pitcher of the Year award. Decker, the reigning Patriot League Rookie and Player of the Year, is off to a solid start this season batting .448 with four home runs and 25 RBI. Decker has also been walked 18 times this season and boasts an on-base percentage of .580, which ranks in the top 10 nationally.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards (Mar. 24-31)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DECKER, LEHIGH So., 3B, Jamison, Pa
Decker hit for the cycle in the Mountain Hawks three game sweep of rival Lafayette. The sophomore third baseman had a single, two doubles, a triple and a home run in six official plate appearances while also reaching base via walk on four other occasions. Decker scored three times and drove in four runs, finishing the series with a .833 batting average and .900 on base percentage as Lehigh stretched its winning streak to 10 games.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY QUIGLEY, LEHIGH Sr., P, Mesa, Ariz.
Quigley established a new career high with 12 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Lafayette on Monday. The senior fanned the first eight batters of the game - including four in the second inning when a batter reached base on a passed ball. Quigley allowed just three hits over seven innings to earn her fifth win of the season, holding Leopards to a .125 batting average.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEE RASHENSKAS, ARMY Fr., 2B, St. Anne, Ill.
Rashenskas reached base in 12 of 19 (.632 OBP) plate appearances during the Black Knights 3-2 week, finishing with nine hits, three walks, three runs scored and seven RBI. The freshman second baseman was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBI in Black Knights 9-3 win over Boston University on Saturday. Rashenskas was also 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a 9-3 win over Rider on Thursday.
AMANDA NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., OF, Houston, Texas
Nguyen batted .444 (7-for-18), scored seven runs with five RBI and three stolen bases in Black Knights 3-2 week.
JAYME MASK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., OF, Grafton, Mass.
Mask went 3-for-10 with three runs scored, two stolen bases and four RBI as Terriers took 2-of-3 from Army.
BRITTANY YOUNAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., 3B, Chico, Calif.
Younan reached base in seven of 12 plate appearances (.583 OBP) with two triples, three RBI and a stolen base as Terriers took 2-of-3 at Army.
LARA BEAN, BUCKNELL Fr., P, Alvin, Texas.
Bean picked up a pair of wins against Holy Cross as a starter for Bucknell. The freshman scattered five hits over 11.1 innings allowing two earned runs while striking out three Crusaders and walking 11.
KRISTEN ZAHN, BUCKNELL Jr., C/OF, Readington, N.J.
Zahn extended her hitting streak to eight games with hits in each contest as Bucknell took 2-of-3 from Holy Cross. The junior scored five runs and drove in two in three games including two runs scored and two RBI in a 6-3 win over the Crusaders on Monday.
JULIA BARRETT, HOLY CROSS Sr., P, Gardner, Mass.
Barrett recorded her second win of the season on Monday, allowing one earned run while striking out six and walking none in the Crusaders 7-3 win over Bucknell.
CHRISTINE CAMPBELL, LEHIGH Fr., P, San Diego, Calif.
Campbell allowed one run over 13 innings and earned a pair of wins, including a two-hit shutout over Lafayette in the series opener.