March 30, 2015
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army softball claimed two of three Patriot League weekly honors with junior Kasey McCravey and plebe Kristen McPeek named the Corvias Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, and sophomore Caroline Smith earned honorable mention honors in Monday’s announcement by the conference office.
It is the second citation this season for McCravey, a preseason All-Patriot League selection, and first honor for McPeek, who is the second Black Knight to earn rookie honors, joining classmate Hailey Megge.
McCravey, who hit safely in all five games last week, batted .421 (8-for-19) with five of her eight hits going for extra bases with three doubles, a pair of home runs and nine runs batted in as the Black Knights went undefeated. McCravey posted an .895 slugging parentage along with a .522 on-base percentage as Army improved to 12-15 after opening league action sweeping its three game series with Holy Cross.
In Army’s series with Holy Cross, McCravey hit .385 with five runs batted in and scored twice. The two-time all-league third baseman drove in all five runs in a 5-2 win over the Crusaders in the second game of the series. Her grand slam in the bottom of the fourth staked Army to a 4-0 lead, and after Holy Cross cut that lead in half, she doubled in an insurance run in the sixth inning.
In a 7-6 edging of Iona earlier in the week, McCravey ripped a two-run double as Army jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, then snapped a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk-off win. In a 7-2 decision over FDU the next day, she led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, and scored a run in the next inning as Army snapped a 1-1 tie pulling ahead 5-1.
McPeek batted .450 (9-for-20) and drove in six runs as a starter in all five Army games last week, along with batting .500 in the conference sweep of Holy Cross. The right fielder went 5-for-5 and singled home Army’s first run in a 2-1 win over Holy Cross (12 innings) in Saturday’s opener.
In the Black Knights’ non-conference win over FDU, McPeek keyed a four-run second with a bases clearing triple.
Smith posted a 1.38 earned run average pitching Army to four of its first five wins last week, to include a pair of decisions over Holy Cross iompiling a 1.11 ERA in conference play. In the series opener, Smith scattered seven hits, struck out six and walked one, then helped her own cause knocking in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning with a sacrifice fly to lift Army to a 2-1 win.
The sophomore right-hander fired a two-hitter going the distance in a 7-2 non-conference win over FDU earlier in the week.
The Black Knights continue their busy schedule starring off the week hosting Colgate in a three-game series with a doubleheader Wednesday (4/6 p.m.) and single game on Thursday (3 p.m.).