May 18, 2012
By Keith Groller
Lehigh University softball coach Fran Troyan was once a trial attorney, so he knows how to make convincing arguments.
In 17 seasons in charge of the Mountain Hawks, he has used that persuasion to lure dozens of quality players to South Mountain, many of them coming from California or other western softball hotbeds.
And once he gets them to Bethlehem, Troyan has developed a knack of getting the most out of them as evidenced by 578 career victories, nine Patriot League tournament titles and eight NCAA tourney berths.
Troyan and the Mountain Hawks are in Norman, Okla., this weekend for a NCAA regional and while they are vast underdogs, the 40-17 Patriot League champs are quite capable of a surprise. They play No. 4 ranked Oklahoma tonight.
"This is one of our more solid teams, from top to bottom," Troyan said. "We've two really good pitchers [Rebecca Bliss and Emily Bausher] who complement each other well. Our defense is as good as it has ever been and in Julie Fernandez, Jen Colquhoun and Liz Lucas, we've had three all-region selections who are all keys offensively."
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