May 20, 2012
Norman Regional Central
NORMAN, Okla. - Patriot League champion Lehigh team saw its 2012 season come to an end Saturday with a 9-2 loss to Oregon State at the in the NCAA Softball Norman Regional at the OU Softball Complex. Senior Jen Colquhoun went 2-for-3 in her final game in the Brown and White, but the Beavers' Elizabeth Santana went 2-for-2 with five RBI as Oregon State raced to an early 6-0 lead before holding off a fourth-inning Mountain Hawk rally.
Santana propelled the Beavers (35-22) to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run single through the right side off Lehigh freshman Emily Bausher.
"Emily had some nerves and didn't pitch well early on, but she came back and had a great seventh inning," explained Lehigh head coach Fran Troyan. "We don't get many opportunities to play teams at this level but the kids battled and did a reasonably good job today."
Oregon State's lead grew to 5-0 after an inning and a half as Beaver catcher Ally Kutz belted a one out solo home run to left in the top of the second. Four batters later Santana stepped back in and doubled home two more runs to put OSU up by five. Kutz added an RBI ground out in the third inning as the Beavers extended their lead to 6-0 after three innings.
Lehigh put together its best rally of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior Rosie Roessel drew a leadoff walk and then senior Audra Wood delivered the Mountain Hawks' first hit of the game with a slap single through the left side. Colquhoun then singled to right to load the bases and after senior Julie Fernandez hit into a fielder's choice Beaver starter Marina Demore walked junior Liz Lucas to force in Lehigh's first run. That run was scored by Wood, who set a new Lehigh and Patriot League career record with her 172nd run scored.
Freshman Cassie Waggy drove in Lehigh's second run with a ground out to second, but the Mountain Hawks could get no closer than 6-2.
"We had Julie Fernandez up with the bases loaded and she hit the ball hard, it just happened to be right at the shortstop," Troyan said. "If that gets to the fence that might have scored three runs."
Oregon State tacked on three more runs, on a fifth-inning solo home run by Desiree Beltran and then a sacrifice fly by Santana and a ground out by Erin Guzy in the sixth.
The Beavers finished with ten hits, while Lehigh finished with four. Colquhoun singled with one out in the sixth, while junior Jacqi Kennelly added a one-out single in the seventh.
Bausher allowed five runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of work as her freshman season finishes at 17-11. The righthander struck out two, but issued an uncharacteristic three walks which led to the early Oregon State runs. Junior Becca Bliss pitched the middle 4.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits.
Demore earned the win for Oregon State, allowing two runs on two hits in four innings. Paige Hall and Aryn Feickert also saw time in the circle for the Beavers.
The Mountain Hawks, who captured their 12th Patriot League tournament title last weekend, saw their season come to an end at 40-19. Lehigh eclipsed the 40-win mark for the fourth time in school history as the program eclipsed the 30-win mark for the 12th straight season.
"It was a great season," Troyan said. It was a 40-win season. We went 18-2 in the Patriot League regular season. We didn't give up a run in the Patriot League tournament. I'll feel better about it in a week or so, but as a program we need to sort some things out to figure out how we can compete better once we get here."
Patriot League teams have not recorded a win in the NCAA Softball Regionals since 2009.
Story from Lehigh Athletic Communications