Bausher makes an impact with Lehigh in freshman season

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July 17, 2012

Emily Bausher entered Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in the fall of 2011 with staggering high school softball credentials, and she did not waste any time establishing impressive new credentials on the NCAA Division I level.

"It was all so sudden in the beginning, and then there was a gradual adjustment," Bausher said of the transition to the college level. "After the first week, it was getting into schedules, getting into routines and getting used to the girls. It was gradual for them."

Bausher, who pitched for New Egypt High School's back-toback NJSIAA Group I championship teams, finished with more than 1,000 career strikeouts and was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011, gained a foothold on her college career right from the start and continued to progress.

Bausher finished her freshman season at Lehigh with a 17-11 record and a 1.78 ERA behind sophomore Rebecca Bliss as the Mountain Hawks rolled to a 40-19 record, defended the Patriot League title they won for the seventh time in nine years, and competed in the NCAA Tournament, losing to host Oklahoma and to Oregon State.

For the complete article by Wayne Witkowski of the Tri-Town (N.J.) News click here