Herbert on Sports Update

The 2006-07 Army sports year is winding down now. The Association of Graduates gives us an update on the few happenings in Army athletics this week.

With graduation only 9 days away (gasp!), this will be the last report until football practice begins in August.

SOFTBALL (15-36):  Playing in the Patriot League double elimination tournament, Army (seeded 4th) lost to #1 Lehigh 4-0.  We then played #3 Lafayette and trailed 4-0 going into the 7th (and last) inning.  Senior Lindsey Gerheim hit a bases loaded double to clear the bases and bring Army within one, but we couldn't score again and lost 4-3.  In addition to Gerheim, classmate Chris Stauffer, junior Veronica Barth, and plebe Erin McClain were named to the all-tournament team.  Gerheim was also named to the Division 1 Academic All-America team.

BASEBALL (25-23-1):  In the Patriot League tournament play-in game, Army defeated Navy for the 4th time in 5 games this spring 5-3.  Patriot League pitcher of the year Nick Hill pitched 8 2/3 innings, struck out 13, and didn't walk a batter.  Milan Dinga replaced Hill with men on first and third and Navy trailing in the 9th, 5-2.  The first Navy batter singled home a run, but Dinga fanned the next batter for the save.  Against #1 seed Lafayette later in the afternoon, Army lost 8-3 and then lost again 7-3 on Sunday.  Fielding errors killed our chances to advance to the NCAA tournament.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (15-11):  Had a nice trip to California except for the match against Fresno State.  Fresno State (seeded 14th nationally) won 4-0.  Our best showing was in #1 doubles, where yearlings Niki Flach and Brooke Jones trailed 7-4 when the match was ended; Fresno State having won 4 points.

FOOTBALL:  Army's Pete Dawkins '59 will be the co-recipient of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's highest honor, their 2007 Gold Medal.  This is the 50th year the medal has been awarded, and Navy's Roger Staubach will be the other co-recipient.  The award will be presented on 4 December 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

CYCLING TEAM:  Competing in the Collegiate National Championships in Kansas, Army entered a small squad of 6 men and 3 women.  Our team finished 7th of 49 colleges competing, and we defeated Air Force in the overall and in 3 of 5 events.  Air Force finished 18th.

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