Can Heart Defeat Talent?

May 19, 2017
By: Al Di Carlo

The Lehigh women’s softball team needed to win not one, but two games of their double header against Boston University Sunday afternoon, in order to keep their season alive.  And behind Sr. Christine Campbell the Mountain Hawks managed to pull off the difficult challenge. The victories crowned Lehigh Patriot League champions, for the 14th time. Campbell pitched 27 innings, allowing just seven hits on the day, including a 2 hit shutout in game one.  

Now, let’s hope she has some arm left for their toughest opponent yet.  After winning the Patriot League Tournament, the Mountain Hawks learned their NCAA Tournament fate; and it is not in their favor.  Lehigh will have to travel cross-country to go up against UCLA who is ranked 5th in the nation.

It will be the 10th NCAA Regional Appearance for Lehigh and it is a double elimination format.  

Head Coach Fran Troyan said after their Patriot League victory that this is not the most talented team he has ever coached, but they work incredibly hard every day and truly deserve it.  My question is: Is that enough? Probably not when you are going up against one of the most respected teams in College Softball. But, we shall see.

The Mountain Hawks first game is set for Friday at 11:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on ESPN 2.