LHU Softball: Bekah Slattery named Pitcher of the Year, Carpenter, Gricoski All-Conference
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Bekah Slattery (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone) of the Lock Haven University softball team has been named the 2019 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division Pitcher of the Year as she was one of three LHU athletes named to the 2019 PSAC All-Conference team. Slattery was joined by both Casey Carpenter (Spring Brook, Pa./North Pocono) and Rachel Gricoski (Frackville, Pa./North Schuylkill) on the first team.
For Slattery, it is her fourth time being selected to the All-Conference team and her third time winning Pitcher of the Year. Carpenter was selected for a second consecutive year while Gricoski earned her first All-Conference nod of her career.
It’s been an all-around historic season for Lock Haven as the team captured the 2019 PSAC championship. The championship was the sixth in LHU’s rich history and the first for the team since 2009. The Bald Eagles went 4-1 this year at the tournament as they knocked off conference powers Shippensburg, Gannon, Kutztown and Gannon again in the championship.
Slattery is having another dominant season as she leads the PSAC in almost every major pitching category. She was named the 2019 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player as she willed LHU to the conference title. At the tournament, Slattery went 3-1 in the circle with a 1.97 ERA. She struck out 55 batters and also earned a save in the championship game. That save, the 12th of her career, made her the all-time leader in saves in PSAC history. She also hit .454 with three home runs and four RBI’s at the plate.
For the season, Slattery leads the conference in almost every major pitching category. She leads the conference in wins (20), ERA (1.45), complete games (26), shutouts (7), saves (6), strikeouts (292), and opponents’ batting average (.174). She currently ranks sixth all-time in career strikeouts with 830 and leads all of NCAA Division II in strikeouts.
Carpenter is having another stellar season in her junior year at LHU. She hit .321 on the year with eight doubles, a triple and 10 home runs, which ranks second in the PSAC. She’s racked up 33 RBI’s so far and drawn 27 walks, also good for second in the conference. She has a .450 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging percentage that leads Lock Haven. Her .980 fielding percentage has proved vital as Carpenter has been a model of consistency at first base for LHU.
Gricoski is making the most of her first season with LHU and has made an instant impact for The Bald Eagles. On the season, Gricoski is hitting .305 with five doubles, a triple and eight home runs. She’s tallied 30 RBI’s on the year, an on-base percentage of .381 and has a slugging percentage of .568. Her timely hitting in the PSAC Tournament helped power Lock Haven to the title.
Lock Haven will travel to West Liberty University for the start of the 2019 NCAA Atlantic I Regional Tournament on Thursday, May 6. The Bald Eagles, the No. 8 seed in the region, will open with the top-seeded Hilltoppers in the double elimination tournament. The game is set for a 12:00 noon start.