Lehigh, Army Win Openers at Patriot League Softball Tournament

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Lehigh's Julie Fernandez broke the Patriot League career hits record in Thursday's win over Lafayette.
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Lehigh's Julie Fernandez broke the Patriot League career hits record in Thursday's win over Lafayette.
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May 10, 2012

Patriot League Softball Championship Central

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The top two seeds in the Patriot League Softball Tournament were tested in their opening games, but No. 1 Lehigh and No. 2 Army both came away with wins in their opening games on Thursday at Kaufman Field.

The Mountain Hawks began the tournament with a 2-0 victory over No. 4 seed Lafayette. Freshman Emily Bausher tossed all seven innings for the complete-game shutout, while Julie Fernandez broke the Patriot League and Lehigh career hits record (258) with an RBI double that provided insurance in the sixth inning.

Army and Colgate went back and forth in the second game. The Black Knights led 3-1 after three innings, but the Raiders scratched back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Army came through with the winning run in the bottom of the frame, as Rachael Duval laced a two-out RBI single to plate Alex Reynolds and send the Black Knights to the 4-3 win. Morgan Lashley pitched a complete game to earn the win, while Duval was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

The Patriot League Softball Tournament continues with three games on Friday at Kaufman Field. Host Lehigh will play as the visiting team when it takes on Army in the winner's bracket at 11 a.m., while Colgate plays as the visitor when it faces Lafayette in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. The loser of the Lehigh/Army contest will face the winner of the Colgate/Lafayette matchup at 4 p.m. in another elimination game. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Lehigh/Army matchup in Saturday's championship round.

For more on the Patriot League Softball Tournament, including links to live stats and audio coverage for each of the games, visit the Championship Central page

2012 Patriot League Softball Tournament
Kafuman Field - Bethlehem, Pa.

 

 

Game 1: #1 Lehigh 2, #4 Lafayette 0
Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Freshman Emily Bausher threw a shutout to lead top seed Lehigh (38-17) to a 2-0 win over fourth seed Lafayette (13-39) in the opener of the Patriot League Softball Tournament on Thursday at Kaufman Field.

The Mountain Hawks move on to face Army in the winner's bracket on Friday at 11 a.m., while the Leopards will play an elimination game against Colgate at 1:30 p.m. The Black Knights beat the Raiders in Thursday's other League Tournament opener.

Lehigh pushed a run across in the first inning, as Rosie Roessel and Audra Wood reached base to start the contest and Patriot League Player of the Year Jen Colquhoun pushed Roessel home with a sacrifice fly to give Lehigh the early lead.

Bausher was in control throughout, but Lafayette mounted a threat in the fourth inning. The Leopards used two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs, but Bausher stepped up to retire Carly Feiro and end the threat.

Lehigh tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning on what proved to be a historic play. Julie Fernandez doubled home Wood to give the Mountain Hawks a 2-0 edge, with two Patriot League career records set with the hit. Fernandez became the Patriot League and Lehigh's all-time hits leader with the 258th of her career, while Wood tied the League's career runs mark with her 171st.

Bausher allowed only the pair of hits in the fourth inning, and gave up two walks while striking out 10 in her shutout performance. Wood was 2-for-3 with a run scored as all five of Lehigh's hits came from the top four hitters in the order.

Melissa Robinson went all six innings for the Leopards, giving up two runs on five hits while not surrendering any walks. Robinson and Gwen Turner had the hits for the Leopards.

Game 2: #2 Army 4, #3 Colgate 3
Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Rachael Duval laced a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift second seed Army (36-19) to a 4-3 victory over third seed Colgate (19-27) in the Patriot League Softball Tournament on Thursday at Kaufman Field.

The Black Knights advance to the winner's bracket on Friday, where they will play top seed Lehigh at 11 a.m. The Raiders will face off with fourth seed Lafayette in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. Lehigh beat Lafayette 2-0 in Thursday's other contest.

The teams went back and forth throughout, with both getting on the board in the second inning. Colgate took a 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single by Haley Fleming in the top half, but Army came right back in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead on a two-out, two-run single by Duval.

Army added to the lead in the third, as April Ortenzo led off with a double and came around to score on groundouts by Amanda Nguyen and Marina Northup. Colgate got within 3-2 in the fourth when Alyssa Chaulklin singled in Stephanie Hartquist with two outs, and evened the score in the sixth when Eileen Ornousky singled in Hartquist, who led off with a triple. The tie was short-lived, as Duval singled in Alex Reynolds with the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run in the 4-3 victory.

Morgan Lashley set down Colgate in order in the seventh to secure the complete-game victory, extending her Patriot League record to 32 wins for the season. Lashley gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in her seven innings on the hill. Three Black Knights had a pair of hits, as Duval was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Alexis AuBuchon was 2-for-2.

Hartquist went 2-for-2 with all three of Colgate's runs in the game. Alana Dyson also had two hits in the contest. Rachel Lecoq took the loss despite allowing just one run in three innings of relief. Starting pitcher Courtney O'Connell gave up three runs in her three innings of work.