Bausher nets third straight Rookie of the Week award
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the third straight week, Lehigh freshman pitcher Emily Bausher has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. Bausher earned three more victories last week including a complete-game win over Fordham and two shutout victories over rival Lafayette. This marks Bausher’s fourth Patriot League weekly honor in the last five weeks.
The New Egypt, N.J. native went 3-0 on the week with an ERA of 0.78 in three starts, recording 24 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. She allowed just two runs on the week, both coming in a 7-2 win over Fordham, a team that made the NCAA tournament a season ago. In that contest, Bausher struck out six and allowed just four hits in seven innings of work.
Over the weekend, Bausher held the rival Leopards scoreless for 11 innings over back-to-back starts. She posted eight strikeouts in a five-inning 9-0 win Saturday, only to best herself on Sunday, setting down ten Leopards over six innings of work. She allowed just two hits and one walk in each weekend contest.
For the season, Bausher leads the staff with nine wins, 120 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.34. She also has thrown 11 complete games, and her ten strikeouts Sunday mark her third double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Bausher has thrown four solo shutouts, including a no-hitter, and combined with Kelsey Lee on a fifth on Sunday. She is also coming on at the plate, after belting her first career home run, a two run shot, in Sunday’s win.
Two other Mountain Hawks earned honorable mention from the league for their performances last week.
Senior Jen Colquhoun batted an impressive .611 with four home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored over six games, leading the Mountain Hawk offense as the team went 6-0 last week, including a four-game weekend sweep of Patriot League archrival Lafayette. Colquhoun is batting .413 on the season with league-highs in hits (34) RBIs (30) and home runs (nine). She enjoyed her first career multi home run game and belted a grand slam en route to a career-high seven RBI in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep.
Also of note on Sunday, junior Liz Lucas belted three doubles in the second game versus the Leopards to tie an NCAA single-game record. Her four RBI helped the Mountain Hawks to an 11-3 victory in the nightcap. Lucas belted six doubles and had ten RBI in six games last week.
Lehigh is now 19-13 overall, and 4-0 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks will return to action Wednesday as they travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. for a doubleheader with Rider. First pitch for game one is set for 3 p.m.