Black Knights slug way to Game One victory over Lehigh
Army West Point (championship)
05/27/2021 | 12 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, PA. – The Lehigh baseball team, spoiled by two innings of seven runs in the fourth and ninth, failed to beat the Army’s West Point Bats and fell 22-7 in the first game of the Patriot League Championship’s best of three Wednesday afternoon series at J. David Walker Field. The Black Knights (27-22) scored 22 runs with 22 hits, including 13 runs in the last three frames to eliminate the Mountain Hawks (23-18).
The Mountain Hawks took full advantage of the moment in the first inning when junior Gerard Sweeney continued his hot streak and drilled a solo home run over the right field fence to give Lehigh an early 1-0 lead. The lead was extended to 2-0 in the inning after a ground-out by Andrew Nole, who scored Casey Rother.
Army cut the lead in half on an RBI single from Cam Cerruto in the second inning and went 2-1 into the fourth inning.
Seven runs were made to score for the Black Knights in the inning, all against right-handed Mason Black. In an RBI double, three-run home run and a two-run single, Army West Point was 8-2 ahead.
In the sixth inning, newcomer Tyler Young was 9-2 in the left center and scored a 9-3 ball game with Nole.
Lehigh got runs in the seventh inning with a nole sacrificial fly and three runs in the eighth thanks to an RBI single for Rother and a homer with two runs from Joe Gorla, reducing the deficit to eight runs.
But it was the Black Knights who got the final say and scored seven more runs to take the 15-run win.
Gerard Sweeney led the Mountain Hawks off the plate and went 3-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Casey Rother and Joe Gorla each put together a 2-for-4 day to speed up the team.
It takes the Mountain Hawks two straight wins to claim the Patriot League crown against Army West Point. Now both games will be a double header from Thursday lunchtime. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN +.
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