The Lehigh softball team shut out Army on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win at Leadership Park.
“I think we played very well today and made the adjustments we needed to make from yesterday into today,” junior second baseman Morgan Decker said. “I think we put some great swings on the ball and our defense was outstanding.”
The Mountain Hawks (33-7, 13-2 Patriot) clinched the Patriot League regular season title for the fourth consecutive year. The team also ranks 62nd in the country.
The Black Knights put up a tough front and were able to make some plays to hold off the Mountain Hawks’ strong offense. In the bottom of the second, center fielder Tyler McKinney laid out to make a catch that resulted in an out for sophomore outfielder Vicky Lattanzio.
Army’s defense remained strong until the third inning when the Mountain Hawks came ready to score. Senior infielder/outfielder Emma Capetz started off the inning with a base hit and was moved ahead by a slap bunt from freshman outfielder Nicole Yozzo. The two were brought home off of a two-out singe from Decker.
The Mountain Hawks continued their strong offense into the fourth inning with a big double from junior infielder/outfielder Jessica Calvini. Capetz was once again ruthless at the plate and rocketed a ball to left field. Her hit brought in teammate Calvini for Lehigh’s third and last run of the day.
“I think we stayed on top of the ball and hit the ball on the ground a lot better this past game which allowed us to get the runs across,” senior pitcher Emily Bausher said.
Bausher dominated the field Sunday and only let up two hits throughout the entire game. She had a striking game and varied her pitches to throw off the Black Hawks batters. She ended the game with 19 continuous outs and her 17th win.
Bausher’s streak was aided by Decker, who made a game-ending catch to prevent Army sophomore Alee Rashensas from getting on base. The game finished with two hits for Army, seven for Lehigh and zero errors for either team.
“We’re just going to work really hard game-by-game to win the PLC,” Lattanzio said.
Lehigh will play a doubleheader at Saint Joseph’s University this Wednesday at 3 and 5 p.m.