Three members of the Lehigh softball program were recognized Thursday as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its All-Region teams. Freshman third baseman Morgan Decker was a first team Mid-Atlantic Region selection while Lehigh’s top two pitchers, senior Becca Bliss and sophomore Emily Bausher, were named to the second team.
Lehigh entered Saturday needing just one win to claim its third consecutive Patriot League championship, but Army had other ideas. Army pitcher Morgan Lashley threw a pair of shutouts as the Black Knights stunned the Mountain Hawks 4-0 and 5-0 at Kaufman Field to claim their first title since 2002.
Freshman Morgan Decker kick started the offense with a two-run home run, sophomore Emily Bausher threw a shutout in the circle and senior Liz Lucas had the game-ending RBI double as the No.1 seed Lehigh softball team defeated second seeded Army 8-0 in six innings Friday at Kaufman Field.
The top seeded Lehigh softball team scored in each of the first two innings on its way to a 3-1 victory over fourth seeded Colgate on Thursday at Kaufman Field to open Patriot League Tournament play. With the victory, the Mountain Hawks extended their winning streak to 13 games matching the 2005 Lehigh squad and last year’s Army team for the longest winning streak in league history.
The Lehigh softball team seeks its third straight Patriot League tournament title and eighth in the last ten years as the Mountain Hawks host the 2013 Patriot League tournament at Kaufman Field beginning Thursday. The Mountain Hawks went 21-2 in April improving their overall record to 35-14-1, while Lehigh won its second straight Patriot League regular season title with a 17-3 league mark.