LHU Softball opens PSAC Tournament Wednesday

LOCK HAVEN – The Lock Haven University softball team is set for its third straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament. The Bald Eagles will open the 2018 Championships tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2) at noon vs. Millersville University.

The Bald Eagles enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the Central Division after going a perfect 20-0 in Central play. Lock Haven capped its perfect run through divisional play last Saturday with a sweep of Mansfield. In doing so, LHU became the first PSAC softball team to sweep divisional play since California (Pa.) was perfect in Western Division play in 2014. Since 1993, it’s only the eighth time the feat has been accomplished by a PSAC institution in the sport of softball.

Lock Haven enters tomorrow’s game with Millersville having won 27 of the last 28 games. LHU is on a 12-game win streak, Lock Haven’s second win streak of least 12 games this season.

LHU is 34-10 overall and Millersville, the East’s No. 3 seed, is 23-18. Back on March 31, Lock Haven swept the Marauders at Millersville, 4-2 and 8-0.

The winner of tomorrow’s Lock Haven – Millersville contest (Game 2) will advance to Day 2 action (Thursday, May 3 / Game 9 / 3 p.m.). The loser will play again tomorrow at 6 p.m. (Game 6).

PSAC Championships Central:

For more information on the 2018 PSAC Tournament, visit the tournament central page at www.PSACsports.org. The page includes full schedule (game #’s), bracket, live stat links and much more.

Strong regular season:

LHU went 34-10 during the regular season. On the way to the 34-win mark, Lock Haven was a perfect 14-0 at home and 13-1 in true-road games.

Perfection:

LHU made history with a perfect 20-0 run through PSAC Central play. Lock Haven became the first PSAC softball team to sweep divisional play since California (Pa.) was perfect in Western Division play in 2014. Since 1993, it’s only the eighth time the feat has been accomplished by a PSAC institution in the sport of softball.

Soaring after slow start:

LHU started the season with a loss and was 1-5 early in the season. Despite a 6-4 run over spring break in Florida, Lock Haven was still 7-9 overall when the Bald Eagles hosted Slippery Rock on March 24. Lock Haven swept The Rock and rolled from there. The sweep of SRU started a 15-game win streak that snapped with a game-two loss at regional contender Shepherd on April 17. Following that loss, LHU soared again, and enters the PSAC Tournament on a 12-game win streak. Since wrapping up spring break play in Florida in March 17 with a 4-2 loss to Wayne State, Lock Haven has won 27 of 28 games.

Starts in the pitching circle:

For Lock Haven, it all starts with dominance in the pitching circle. Both Bekah Slattery and Kayla Gee enter the tournament with identical 16-4 records. Slattery’s 184 strikeouts lead the PSAC. Slattery and Gee rank No. 2 (1.24) and No. 4 (1.96), respectively in the PSAC in ERA. Gee, a strikeout-pitcher in her own right, has 108 strikeouts on the season to date, the fourth-most of any league pitcher.

Offensive punch:

During the regular season, Lock Haven outscored the opposition 224-104. The Bald Eagles look to do it early and have scored 38 (38-11) first-inning runs this season. Their only more productive inning from a scoring standpoint is the second where they have scored 41 (41-8). LHU has six players hitting over .300 which is the key to that scoring punch.

Aggressive on the bases:

Lock Haven finished the regular season with 92 stolen bases, just eight away from the single-season school record of 100 (2002). Leading the way is Faith Ceeley who has 24 (24-26). Her 24 stolen bases are the most in the PSAC.

Caputo on a record watch:

On the season, Becca Caputo has 15 doubles, which leaves her just one away from the tying the single-season record.

Long ball in play:

During the regular season, LHU hit 22 home runs and was led by DP Casey Carpenter who has eight. She’s hitting .311 with 39 RBIs.

Dominating central

play all season:

LHU’s dominance of the central was recognized all season as 11 Bald Eagles claimed 20 PSAC Central Player and Pitcher of the Year awards. Six different players claimed those 11 awards.

PSAC Central

Pitcher of the Week

Becca Caputo (2/19)

Kayla Gee (3/19, 4/16)

Bekah Slattery (4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 5/1)

PSAC Central Athlete

of the Week

Madison Mathes (3/19)

Amanda Loar (4/2)

Casey Carpenter (4/9, 4/23)

Stat leaders:

BATTING AVG: Becca Caputo, .333 | Faith Ceely, .331 | Madison Mathes, .326

HITS: Caputo, 51 | Ceely, 49 | Mathes, 46

RUNS: Caputo/Moriah Lindsey, 33 | Ceely/Amanda Loar, 28

2B: Caputo, 15 | Lindsey/Bree Hilty, 8

3B: Lindsey, 3

HR: Casey Carpenter, 8 | Caputo, 6

RBIs: Caputo, 41 | Carpenter, 39 | Mathes, 31

SB: Ceely, 24 (24-26) | Lindsey, 17 (17-18)

ERA: Bekah Slattery, 1.24 | Kayla Gee, 1.96

WINS: Slattery/Gee, 16 (both 16-4)

Ks: Slattery, 184 | Gee, 108

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