Not only this year's team playing against an incredibly challenging regional, the Mountain Hawks, led by senior P/OF Lisa Sweeney's powerful pitching, could face the No. 1 team in the nation (Florida) and faced off against a powerful Big XII team that was the subject of Lehigh softball's greatest upset ever - Texas A&M. Florida A&M rounds off the bracket - who aren't playing far from their home campus. "Group of Death" indeed.
While I was escaping from the world on Friday, Lehigh lost a heartbreaking 1-0 game to TAMU, where Sweeney only gave up four hits but one was a solo home run in the first inning to Erin Glasco that was the difference in the game:
“I thought that we honestly played toe-to-toe with them the entire time,” said Lehigh head coach Fran Troyan. “We had told the team beforehand that we felt the two teams were very evenly well-matched. Our team played very well; very solid defense. Lisa (Sweeney) pitched well and we had a couple opportunities against a team like Texas A&M and that’s all you can ask for. Hopefully we’ll take care of business tomorrow and maybe we’ll get another chance at Texas A&M or somebody else.”
Today Lehigh hopes to advance in the lower bracket against Florida A&M at 3:30 pm. Audio of the game will be broadcast free over the internet; it's days like today when I'm glad I have a laptop: yardwork will be made easier with the game on in the background.
[EDIT: Congrats to the Ladies, who beat Texas A&M again 3-2 to get a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the nation on Sunday. They lost 9-0 after fighting hard on Sunday -but bow out with heads held high. Congratulations!]