Clutch plays lead Lehigh past Leopards in pair of road victories

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04/03/2021 | 12 o’clock

E. to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League.

As has been the case throughout the season, the junior right-hander Mason Black was excellent in the first game of the two-game set. Black had a no-hitter through three innings, knocked out seven of nine batters at one point and only allowed one run with three hits in the end, which earned the win and the entire game.

In the second game, it was a hit and defense combination that stood out for the Mountain Hawks as Junior Joe Gorla was the hero on the plate of the competition, going 3v5 with a double and four RBIs while Gerard Sweeney continued his hot pace went on and went with a home run and two RBIs 3 against 4. Lehigh hit 11 hits, adding eight runs to speed up the team.

All in all, it was the pitching that came up again when the dominant arms of Black, Matt Svanson and Luke Rettig together defeated 15 batters, allowing only four deserved runs between the two games.

“Our big arms, our horses really guided them today,” said head coach Sean Leary. “These three guys were very strong at the beginning of the season, but we haven’t put a whole game together. We haven’t played on the days we scored and vice versa. But today I thought we were excellent on the defensive played. ” I’m just proud of the fact that while we’ve struggled in these areas, we’re only working harder.

“We just put so much work into it and I really think this was our most complete weekend. The pitching did what it did. But then hitting the clutch and some really defensive play of the clutch helped us, those two Games to win. ”


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– Lehigh Baseball (@LehighBaseball) March 27, 2021 In the first round of Game 1, a Gerard Sweeney sacrificial fly scored Riley Davis to bring the Mountain Hawks 1-0 to the top.

Lehigh prevailed in the fifth with three hits, led by Adam Retzbach’s two-run shot, followed by Cam Hubbard’s single that led Davis to 4-0.

The Leopards got a chance to put together a rally in the latter half of the seventh when an RBI single scored the 4-1 with a hit, but Lehigh held on to victory.

Gorla started with a brace in the first inning to quickly bring the Mountain Hawks 2-0 forward.

Eric Cichocki and Sweeney scored twice in a row in the third round to make it 4-1, and Gorla prevailed in Rother to extend the lead to 5-1.

T3 | BACK TO BACK! Gerard Sweeney takes on Cichocki and the Mountain Hawks 4-1.


– Lehigh Baseball (@LehighBaseball) March 27, 2021 A Sweeney RBI single in the fourth and Gorla RBI single in the same inning made it 7-2, while Lehigh got another run in the ninth inning when Sweeney hit an obstacle make They made it 8-3 in what turned out to be the final.

Luke Rettig threw four and a third solid innings of relief to score his first save of the season, with no runs with two hits and two strikeouts.

Especially on the offensive, senior Eric Cichocki went 3: 9 with a home run and extended his hit streak to nine games in a row.

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– Lehigh Baseball (@LehighBaseball) March 27, 2021 The Mountain Hawks return to J. David Walker Field in Legacy Park on Sunday after winning three Patriot League competitions and kicking off a double header against the Leopards at noon on Sunday. These games will be broadcast live on ESPN +.

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