February 6, 2014

Five Softball Players Earn Preseason Recognition

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomores Colleen Ahern (Northbrook, Ill.) and Emily Jarvis (Hopkinton, Mass.) have been selected to the 2014 softball preseason All-Patriot League team, as voted on by coaches and sports information directors from the conference's seven teams. Ahern, Jarvis, senior Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) and sophomores Gennifer Durham (Abbeville, S.C.) and Hailey Mullen (Plainville, Mass.) were also named to College Sports Madness' preseason All-Conference teams, selected by the website's staff.

Jarvis led the team with 45 hits, 32 runs and 18 stolen bases during her freshman campaign, starting all 44 games. She finished with four home runs, 17 runs batted in, a .349 batting average and a .512 slugging percentage. Along with her Patriot League preseason All-League selection, she was named to the College Sports Madness Patriot League preseason All-Conference first team.

Ahern started 42 of 43 games last season and finished tied for first on the team with 21 runs batted in. She was second on the team with 34 hits and fourth with 46 total bases. She finished with a .283 batting average, two home runs and six doubles. Along with her Patriot League preseason All-League recognition, she was named to the College Sports Madness Patriot League preseason All-Conference second team.

Durham earned a spot on the College Sports Madness preseason All-Conference first team after finishing her rookie campaign with a team-low 3.27 earned run average. She made 21 starts and appeared in four more games, striking out 58 batters in 130 and two-thirds innings pitched. She also recorded the first seven inning perfect game in Holy Cross history against Colgate on April 13.

Barrett led the Crusader staff with 76 strikeouts in 114 and two-thirds innings pitched last season and was named the College Sports Madness preseason All-Conference second team. She made 17 starts and appeared in 23 games as a junior and finished with an ERA of 3.66. Mullen was also named to the second team after registering 13 hits in 48 at-bats last season for a .271 batting average.

Holy Cross was selected to finish sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's coaches and sports information directors. Lehigh was selected to finish first with 66 points and eight first place votes. Conference newcomer Boston University was selected second with 63 points and three first place votes. Army landed third with 55 points and three first place votes, followed by Colgate (40 points), Bucknell (36), Holy Cross (18) and Lafayette (16).

The Crusaders will begin the 2014 season with a doubleheader at Austin Peay on Monday, March 3.

To view the Patriot League release, click here.

Patriot League Softball Preseason Poll
1. Lehigh, 66 points (8 first-place votes)
2. Boston University, 63 (3)
3. Army, 55 (3)
4. Colgate, 40
5. Bucknell, 36
6.Holy Cross, 18
7. Lafayette, 16

Preseason Player of the Year: Morgan Decker, Lehigh (So., INF)
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Emily Bausher, Lehigh (Jr., P)

Preseason All-League*
Amanda Nguyen, Army (Sr., OF)
Kasey McCravey, Army (So., INF)
Jayme Mask, Boston University (Sr., OF)
Brittany Clendenny, Boston University (Sr., SS)
Amy Ekart, Boston University (Sr., C)
Cydnee Sanders, Bucknell (Jr., SS/Util)
Amanda Fazio, Bucknell (So., P/OF)
Mariel Schlaefer, Colgate (So., C)
Emily Jarvis, Holy Cross (So., OF)
Colleen Ahern, Holy Cross (So., DP/1B)

Emily Bausher, Lehigh (Jr., P/OF)
Morgan Decker, Lehigh (So., INF)
Alexis Watanabe, Lehigh (So., INF)
*One extra player due to tie in the voting

To view the College Sports Madness release, click here.