Lafayette's Melissa Robinson
April 29, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. - It was a good day for softball teams in the Lehigh Valley, as Lehigh clinched the top seed and Lafayette the final berth in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament with victories on Sunday.
The Mountain Hawks claimed the regular-season title by four games and will host the Patriot League Softball Tournament at Kafuman Field for the ninth time in 11 seasons, but first since 2009. Lehigh will welcome No. 2 seed Army, No. 3 Colgate and No. 4 Lafayette for the postseason event, with the Leopards earning their spot on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Bucknell.
The Patriot League Softball Tournament begins on May 10 when Lehigh faces Lafayette and Army takes on Colgate. The action continues in the double-elimination event with three games the next day, with games six and seven, if necessary, played on May 12.
The defending champion Mountain Hawks went on to sweep Army on Sunday, winning three of four at the Black Knights for the weekend to finish at 18-2 in the Patriot League. It is the best finish by a regular-season champion since the Mountain Hawks went 17-1 in 2007. Lehigh won its series against every Patriot League team, and continues its perfect run of appearances in the Patriot League Tournament. The Mountain Hawks have won 11 Patriot League titles, including three of the past four.
Army will play in the Patriot League Tournament for the 19th time overall, and will be making its third straight appearance and 12th in the last 13 years. The Black Knights last won the League title in 2002. Army swept its Patriot League series against Holy Cross, Bucknell and Lafayette to build its 14-6 League mark.
Colgate completed Patriot League play with a 12-8 mark, finishing strong by winning its final three games against Holy Cross over the weekend. The Raiders are in the postseason for the fourth straight year and have made 21 of 22 Patriot League Tournaments overall. Colgate has won three Patriot League titles, the last of which came in 2007.
Lafayette returns to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2009, as the Leopards rode the pitching of Melissa Robinson to a pair of victories against Bucknell over the weekend to earn their spot with a 7-13 League mark. The Leopards are in their 13th all-time Patriot League Tournament, and are going for their first League title.
For more, go to the Patriot League Softball Championship page