Lehigh's Morgan Decker
May 2, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The final weekend of the Patriot League softball regular season will serve as preview, of sorts, for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Army, Boston University or Lehigh all remain possible host sites for PL Tournament entering the final weekend.
*Bucknell junior shortstop Syndee Sanders has moved up to third in NCAA Division I with a .483 batting average.
*Lehigh's Morgan Decker is 20th nationally with a .532 on base percentage (46 hits, 28 walks and 10 HBP).
*Lafayette swept back-to-back doubleheaders from Rider and Villanova to complete non-league schedule strong.
*Lehigh is a perfect 9-0 at home in Patriot League and 13-2 overall at Kaufman Softball Field.
Red-Hot Terriers Nipping at the Heels of the Mountain Hawks
Boston University has won 11 straight games, including seven consecutive wins in Patriot League play to move to within a game of Lehigh at the top of the Patriot League standings. During the streak, the Terriers also ended an 18-game win streak by Harvard with a 2-1 home win over the Crimson on April 24. The top four teams (Army, Boston U., Bucknell and Lehigh) are locked in for the Patriot League Tournament but the host site and seeds for the postseason are still up for grabs heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Patriot League Tournament Preview?
The final weekend of the Patriot League regular season will serve as preview, of sorts, for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Two of the three series will involve head-to-head meetings between schools that have already clinched a spot in the postseason. Lehigh, currently leading the standings at 12-3, will travel to Army for a three game set. The Black Knights are in a tie for third place with Bucknell at 9-6. The Bison will make the trek to Boston to face Boston University. The Terriers are one game behind the first-place Mountain Hawks with the Terriers owning the tie-breaker over Lehigh should the two teams finish the campaign in a tie. Colgate is at Holy Cross in the other Patriot League series while Lafayette is idle after having a season-ending series with Marist wiped out by rain.
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's Morgan Decker Named to Capital One Academic All-District II Team
Lehigh sophomore third baseman Morgan Decker is not only the Patriot League pre-season Player of the Year, but she is a standout in the classroom as well. A behavioral neuroscience major, Decker has a 3.64 grade point average and was recognized on Thursday as one of 12 student-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-District II Softball Team. CoSIDA's District II consists of schools in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. On the field, the Jamison, Pa. native leads Lehigh with a .390 batting average, ten doubles, eight home runs and 36 runs batted in. She currently leads the Patriot League in home runs, slugging percentage (.695) and on-base percentage (.532).
Patriot League Weekly Awards
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
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.
Rookie of the Week
KRISTEN WEST, ARMY Fr., P, Houston, Texas
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.