Herbert on Sports Update

BASEBALL (30-20-1): We needed to win all four from League-leading Lehigh to make the league tournament, but we split the 4 games, and Lehigh eventually won the playoff and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. This was the 3rd straight year Army has won at least 30 games.

I was honored to be invited to the annual baseball team banquet this week, and I presented the Doubleday Award to 3rd baseman Jeremy Stache. Stache, a senior, started every game at 3rd base for Army for all 4 years – that's 199 games!

MARATHON CLUB: Forgot to mention, all 20 cadets on the club qualified for the Boston Marathon. Best time for our three women was junior Erin Jensen who finished in 3:35.19. Men's best was junior Corbin Brandon with a time of 2:44.33.

FOOTBALL: Army senior center Pete Bier (6'4" 282 lbs) is one of 39 players named to the spring "watch list" for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top center. Bier is a 3 year letterman and one of Army's co-captains for 2006.

TENNIS: Both the men and women were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The men lost to Virginia, and the women lost to Southern California.

SOFTBALL (18-37): In the Patriot League Tournament, Army (ranked #4) faced Lehigh (#1) in the first game and lost 2-0. However we came back to surprise Colgate, 5-4 in 8 innings, and then stopped Lafayette, 3-1. To win the double elimination tournament, we would have had to take 2 straight from Lehigh, but we lost the first game 5-1, ending a strong run.

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