April 29, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University and Army each had players honored with Patriot League Softball weekly awards on Tuesday following series victories that qualified both teams for the League Tournament over the weekend.
The field of four is set for next week's Patriot League Softball Tournament (May 8-10), but the seeds and right to host are at stake as the quartet of squads match up on the final weekend.
Army, Boston University, Bucknell and Lehigh are all in the League Tournament, with the Black Knights hosting the Mountain Hawks and Terriers welcoming the Bison this weekend. Lehigh (12-3) has a one-game lead over Boston University (11-4), though the Terriers own the tiebreak over the Mountain Hawks by winning the season series. Army (9-6) and Bucknell (9-6) are tied for third, with the Black Knights able to come up and claim the No. 1 seed and host the tournament if they sweep Lehigh and finish tied for first along with either Bucknell or Boston University.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards (April 21-28)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY CLENDENNY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., SS, Gainesville, Va.
Clendenny had a monster week as the Terriers won six games to run their win streak to 11 and pulled within a game of Lehigh for first place in the Patriot League by sweeping Lafayette. She was particularly impressive in the series against the Leopards, going 7-for-11 with three home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored. She hit a key home run in the sixth inning of game two to tie the score in a game the Terriers went on to win 2-1 in nine innings. Clendenny finished the week at 10-for-21 with four home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored. She leads the Patriot League with 46 RBIs for the season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KRISTEN WEST, ARMY Fr., P, Houston, Texas
MELANIE RUSSELL, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., P, San Diego, Calif.
Russell allowed just one run in each of her starts against Lafayette over the weekend to pick up two wins as the Terriers swept the three-game set from the Leopards. She gave up four hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 10-1 six-inning win in the series opener on Saturday, then closed the set by allowing three hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Russell also picked up a save against Harvard on Thursday as BU snapped the Crimson's 18-game win streak with a 2-1 victory. For the week Russell worked 14 innings allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with 14 strikeouts.
West pitched Army into the Patriot League Tournament for the fifth year in a row by tossing a pair of shutouts in a sweep of Holy Cross on Sunday. She allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three to win the opener 1-0, and scattered five hits and three walks while Army took the nightcap 6-0. West also picked up the win in a 3-2 eight-inning victory against Sacred Heart on Monday while going the distance and giving up 10 hits and striking out a pair. West tossed 20 straight scoreless innings until Holy Cross rallied in the seventh for a 4-2 win on Monday. She allowed six runs in 28.2 innings for the week while giving up 25 hits and six walks with six strikeouts.
CYDNEE SANDERS, BUCKNELL Jr., SS, Magnolia, Texas
Sanders batted .625 (10-for-16) with eight runs scored and four RBIs in four games for the Bison.
JACKLYN TYBURK, BUCKNELL Fr., 1B, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Tyburk went 6-for-12 with a home run, six RBIs and four runs scored last week.
EMILY JARVIS, HOLY CROSS So., CF, Hopkinton, Mass.
Jarvis had a three-run walk-off home run in Holy Cross' 4-2 win over Army on Monday.
KASEY McCRAVEY, ARMY So., 3B, Scottsdale, Ariz.
McCravey batted .417 (5-for-12) with a home run, two RBIs and three runs in four games last week.