March 31, 2016
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army West Point and Lehigh sit atop of the standings after the opening weekend of the Patriot League schedule. The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks swept Boston University and Lafayette, respectively, to lead the way with a 3-0 record. Bucknell checks in next with a 2-1 record against Holy Cross. Colgate received the first bye and will open its League slate this weekend, welcoming Army to Hamilton.
FIVE PATRIOTLEAGUE SOFTBALL NOTES
* Army West Point and Lehigh lead the League after sweeping its opponents during opening weekend of the Patriot League schedule.
*Holy Cross freshman Taylor Wahler went 8-for-11 in her three games Bucknell, including her last hit that knocked in the winning run of Sunday’s game.
* Holy Cross moved its doubleheader with Central Connecticut to Thursday due to potential rain on Friday.
* Army West Point senior Kasey McCravey was named as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
* Colgate freshman Meghan Romero recorded her first collegiate home run against Albany on Wednesday.
* Lafayette junior Allison Brown hit what-was the game-winning two run homer in the third inning against Drexel to defeat the Dragons in game one on Wednesday, 3-1.
Patriot League Notebook
Opening Weekend of Patriot League Action
Six of the seven Patriot League teams opened the League slate last weekend, with Army West Point and Lehigh completing its respective opening-series sweeps on Sunday. Two of the Black Knights’ contests were decided by one run, while the Leopards pushed the Mountain Hawks to extra innings in game two but ultimately fell to the crosstown rival. Elsewhere, Bucknell took both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, while Holy Cross freshman Taylor Wahler collected her eighth hit, in 11 at bats, and knocked in the winning run to win the final game of the series, 5-4.
In non-League action on Wednesday, Army West Point, Lafayette, and Lehigh each played doubleheaders while Boston University and Colgate each played a single game. The Black Knights and Leopards split their respective opponents, Siena and Drexel, while the Mountain Hawks took care of business in Penn Park, sweeping the Quakers. The Terriers played local rival Boston College but fell short to the Eagles in extra innings, while Colgate freshman Meghan Romero recorded the lone run for the Raiders against Albany with her first collegiate home run.
Holy Cross Moves Doubleheader with Central Connecticut to Thursday
Due to potential inclement weather on Friday, Holy Cross (5-19, 1-2) moved its doubleheader with Central Connecticut from Friday, April to Thursday, March 31. The games are still scheduled to be played at Freshman Field beginning at 2:35 p.m. Receiving the League bye this weekend, Thursday’s pair will be the next games for the Crusaders until they play another non-League doubleheader with Quinnipiac next Thursday, April 7.
League Action Continues this Weekend
Colgate (3-15, 0-0) will open its Patriot League season hosting Army West Point (16-11, 3-0) this weekend with the three-game series beginning with two games on Saturday at Easton Street Field at 12 p.m. The third game will be played on Sunday at 12 p.m. The other two matchups – Bucknell at Lafayette and Lehigh at Boston University – will follow the same schedule with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday and final game at noon on Sunday. All three contests played in Hamilton and Easton will be shown on Patriot League Network and can be found here.
Army West Point’s Kasey McCravey Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Announced on Tuesday, Army West Point senior infielder Kasey McCravey was chosen as one of 10 finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. McCravey, a second-year captain, was named the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the second-straight season and notched her second NFCA All-Region First-Team accolade. She was also an All-Patriot League selection for the third time in her career last spring. Every year she has volunteered her time for the betterment of females in athletics during Army’s annual Girls and Women in Sports Day clinics and celebrations, while this past summer, she volunteered in Costa Rica and spent time helping in an orphanage for a week and in nursing homes for two weeks. Academically, McCravey has a grade-point average that ranks in the top half of her class.
Corvias Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
CORVIAS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JESSICA CALVINI, LEHIGH Sr., 1B, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
After an early season slump, Calvini hit safely in all five of the Mountain Hawks’ games this week, going 7-for-18. The senior knocked in a total of five RBI and recorded four doubles and a triple, while also scoring one run in each of the contests. After hitting an RBI single against the Leopards in the fourth inning of the second game, she scored the tying run of Lehigh’s eventual 5-4 victory. Down in the third game of the series, Calvini hit a two-run double in the fourth inning that sparked the team to capture a third win a series sweep.
CORVIAS PATRIOT LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CHRISTINE CAMPBELL, LEHIGH Jr., P, San Diego, Calif.
Campbell collected a trio of wins over the week and helped the Mountain Hawks to a series sweep of crosstown rival Lafayette over the weekend. The junior tossed a total of 17.2 innings across four appearances against Saint Joseph’s and the Leopards, allowing just five earned runs for a 1.98 ERA. She won both games she started in the circle and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the first game with Lafayette, finishing that game with one run and three hits. Campbell came in with one out and runners at first and third in the second game against the Leopards and allowed an infield single to the first batter before retiring the next 11 of scoreless relief.
CORVIAS PATRIOT LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TAYLOR WAHLER, HOLY CROSS Fr., SS, Inman, S.C.
After going 3-for-5 at the plate across two games against Siena, Wahler had an outstanding performance at the plate for Holy Cross in the Crusaders’ Patriot League series-opener at Bucknell, hitting .727 (8-for-11) and slugging 1.273, and drove in a total of four runners. In addition, four of the freshman’s eight hits against the Bison went for extra bases — two doubles, two triples. In the final game of the series with Bucknell, Wahler knocked in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh for the Holy Cross 5-4 victory.
KASEY MCCRAVEY, ARMY WEST POINT Sr., INF., Scottsdale, Ariz.
McCravey helped the Black Knights to a win over Fairfield as well as a three-game series sweep of Boston University to open the Patriot League season, hitting safely in all four games and scoring four runs. The senior also tallied her second home run of the season against the Stags.
MEGHAN KOVAC, BUCKNELL So., 1B/3B, Warren, N.J.
Kovac went 5-for-9 with a double, home run, and four RBI as the Bison went 2-1 against Holy Cross to open the Patriot League season. The sophomore hit her third home run of the season in the second game against the Crusaders, tying the score in the fourth inning before Bucknell went on to win 5-1.
RENEE POIRIER, ARMY WEST POINT Fr., P., Plainville, Mass.
Poirier added three more saves to bring her season total to seven, breaking the program’s single-season saves record at the Academy. She helped the Black Knights to three wins, pitching the closing inning against Fairfield and against Boston University — twice.