Patriot League Softball Release - 4.16.14

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April 16, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross can continue its climb up the Patriot League standings this weekend when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for a three-game series against first-place Lehigh.

Patriot League Notebook

*After taking 2-of-3 from Lehigh, Boston University lost four straight before winning final game of series with Holy Cross.
*Colgate has won four of six since snapping a seven-game losing streak with a 7-6 win at Cornell on April 8.
*Bucknell junior shortstop Syndee Sanders ranks 18th in NCAA Division I with a .449 batting average.
*Boston University and Lehigh became the first Patriot League teams to reach 20 wins on Sunday.
*Lehigh's Morgan Decker is 35th nationally among Division I players with .524 on base percentage.

Holy Cross Moving Up the Patriot League Standings
Playing its first Patriot League series of the season at home, Holy Cross swept a pair of games from Boston University on Saturday before losing the finale to the Terriers in Worcester, Mass. Sophomore Colleen Ahern was 3-for-7 with a double and four RBI to spark the doubleheader wins. The Crusaders are now in a logjam at 5-4 with Army and Boston University, just one game in the loss column behind league-leading Lehigh (9-3). Holy Cross can continue its climb this weekend when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for a three-game series against the Mountain Hawks.

Colgate on the Rebound
After losing seven straight games in late March and early April, Colgate has rebounded to win four of its last six contests. The surge started with a 10-inning 7-6 win over Colgate on April 8 in Ithaca, N.Y. Junior Kate Zucker hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th and the Raiders were able to hang on for the win. Colgate followed that up with a home split against Siena before taking 2-of-3 at Lafayette over the weekend for the first Patriot League wins of the year. The Raiders host Boston University this weekend. In other Patriot League action over the Easter weekend, Lafayette travels to Army. Bucknell will entertain Coppin State on Friday and Saturday in a non-league set of games.

Patriot League Softball Championship
The 2014 Patriot League Softball Championship will be played May 8-10 on the home field of the highest seed. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams in the Patriot League standings will participate in the three-day double-elimination format. On Thursday, May 8 the No. 1 seed will face the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed will square off against the No. 3 seed. The two winners and two losers will then play on Friday with the team with a 2-0 record moving on to the final day and the 0-2 team being eliminated. The two one-loss teams will play in an elimination game on Friday to determine the championship opponent.

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 sophomore Emily Bausher claimed the Preseason Pitcher of the Year award.

Patriot League Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

ALEXIS WATANABE, LEHIGH So., 2B, San Marino, Calif.
Watanabe registered hits in all six of the Mountain Hawks games during a 3-3 week. The sophomore second baseman finished the week 11-for-23 (.478 BA) with four runs scored and two RBI. Watanabe was 3-for-4 and drove in a run in Lehigh's 7-1 victory over Bucknell on Saturday and had the only three hits the team was able to record in 11.2 innings off of Patriot League Rookie of the Week Lara Bean in the final two games of the series with the Bison.

Pitcher of the Week

Bausher was 3-0 in four appearances for Lehigh, earning two wins against Bucknell and one over Marist. In 22 innings, the junior allowed five earned runs and struck out 29 batters while posting a 1.59 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .165 batting average. In the rubber game of the series against the Bison, Bausher yielded only one hit, one walk while striking out a season-high 12 batters in a 2-0 complete-game shutout.

Rookie of the Week

LARA BEAN, BUCKNELL Fr., P, Alvin, Texas
Bean allowed only two hits in 6.1 innings in Bucknell's 2-0 win over Lehigh on Saturday, improving her record to 6-3 on the season. The freshman also relieved Dana Nielsen in the second inning on Sunday and allowed only one hit while striking out a career-high nine batters over the final 5.1 innings of a 2-0 loss to the Mountain Hawks.

Honorable Mention

Clendenny batted .375 with two doubles, two runs scored and six RBI in five games for Boston University.

Younan batted .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, five runs scored and two stolen bases in five games for Boston University.

COLLEEN AHERN, HOLY CROSS So., 1B, Northbrook, Ill.
Ahern batted drove in a run in each of the Crusaders four games last week and was 3-for-7 with four RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Boston University on Saturday.

Berger hit .429 for the week and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an inside-the-park home run in the Leopards 5-2 win over Colgate on Sunday.