Four Selected For Patriot League Softball Honors
May 8, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Four Lafayette softball players have been honored by the Patriot League. Seniors Stacey Dorn and Gwen Turner and sophomore Melissa Robinson were selected by coaches to fill spots on the All-Patriot League Second Team while sophomore Amy Gebhardt was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
Turner (Danville, Va./Dan River) leads the team and is fifth in the Patriot League in hitting with a .367 average. Hitting from the lead-off and No. 2 spots in the order, the senior has managed nine extra-base hits with five doubles, a team-best three triples and one home run. She has 17 multiple-hit games, including a 7-for-7 doubleheader on the final day of Patriot League play against Bucknell that helped clinch Lafayette's berth. Turner is a double major in Economics & Business and Government & Law.
The team's catcher, Dorn, checks in with a .269 average that includes 19 RBI and 21 runs scored. Dorn (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) leads the team and the Patriot League with 21 walks in 49 games and she ranks 10th in RBI. Dorn will graduate in May with a Civil Engineering degree.
Also a Civil Engineering major, Robinson (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert) has been the Leopards' top pitcher in both of her seasons on College Hill, claiming the decision in 12 of Lafayette's 13 wins in 2012. She averages three strikeouts per outing and has made 35 appearances with 34 starts as a sophomore, holding opponents to a .264 average. In Patriot League play, Robinson started 19 of the Leopards' 20 games, sporting a 2.68 ERA with seven wins.
Gebhardt, a fellow sophomore, was one of 10 players named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Gebhardt (Placentia Calif./Valencia) has started 47 games in centerfield, hitting at a .195 clip with four doubles. Gebhardt maintains a 3.23 overall grade-point average while majoring in Biology. To be eligible for Academic All-Patriot League status, student-athletes must maintain a 3.20 or better grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve.
Lafayette (13-38, 7-13) secured its first bid to the four-team Patriot League Tournament since 2009, finishing two games ahead of fifth-place Bucknell for the final spot. The Leopards will open tournament play Thursday in Bethlehem, Pa. against No. 1 seed and host Lehigh. If Lafayette wins, it will play on Friday at 11 a.m. against the winner of the day's second game - No. 2 seed Army (35-19, 14-6) and No. 3 seed Colgate (19-26, 12-8). If Lafayette loses to Lehigh (37-17, 18-2), the Leopards will play at 1:30 p.m. on Friday vs. the loser of the Army-Colgate game.