Following its first 40-win season since 2012 and fifth all time, the Lehigh softball team saw its season finally end.
After a weather delay halted the Mountain Hawks’ game against Texas A&M University on May 16, they finished it up on the afternoon of May 17. The Hawks (40-9, 16-2 Patriot) were down 4-0 after the delay and would ultimately lose 5-0, its second loss to Texas A&M of the Regional round.
The game began just shortly after the team kept its hopes alive after defeating University of Central Arkansas 3-0 in an elimination game. Its second game against Texas A&M was also an elimination game, with the winner getting to face University of Oklahoma for a chance to win the region and move on to the Super Regionals round.
The Aggies hit a trio of home runs in the Saturday portion of the game, including two of them in the third inning, to take a 4-0 lead. The game was then suspended due to weather going into the top of the fourth inning.
The next day, the Aggies got one more run in the fifth inning to seal the game. Lehigh was unable to score a run in the game and only recorded three hits.
Senior pitcher Emily Bausher was given the loss in the game, pitching six innings with three earned runs, a strikeout and two walks.
Lehigh is now 3-3 all time against Texas A&M in the Regional round following its two losses this year.
The team was able to get the win over Central Arkansas in an elimination game earlier on May 16. Sophomore Christine Campbell pitched 6.2 shutout innings before Bausher came in for the last out to earn the save. It was Campbell’s 17th win of the season and Lehigh’s first win over Central Arkansas in program history.
Lehigh jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when sophomore utility player Vicky Lattanzio hit an RBI single, driving in freshman outfielder Nicole Yozzo.
After a few scoreless innings, junior infielder/outfielder Jessica Calvini hit a triple that ended up in a run following an error on a throw. In the sixth, junior infielder Morgan Decker hit a double and drove in junior infielder Alexis Watanabe for the team’s third and final run of the day. It would be enough, as the Hawks won the game, 3-0.
Due to the loss to Texas A&M though, its season is over. Four seniors will graduate from the team: Bausher, infielder Emma Capetz, catcher/utility player Brandi Hawkins and infielder Cassie Waggy.