Colonials claim two from Lehigh in Washington
07.03.2021 | 12 o’clock
WASHINGTON – To improve the perfect start to the 2021 season, the moment was short-lived for the Lehigh baseball team. On Saturday afternoon he fell twice to George Washington, 9-2 in Game 1 and 4-1 in Game 2 at Barcroft Park.
The first two innings of the first game in the series were highlighted by seven Mountain Hawk walks against the Colonials starting pitcher, but only one run succeeded after Joe Gorla ran with bases loaded and resulted in Eric Cichocki. That brought Lehigh 1-0 up.
GW combined the game in the second with 1 and in the fifth with a double right midfield of three RBI and a 4: 1 lead for the Colonials.
In the sixth inning, Gerard Sweeney doubled the right field line, advanced on the throw to third base and scored Cichocki to halve the GW lead at 4-2. In the lower part of the inning, GW scored four runs thanks to a triple home run and an RBI single, which led to the 8-2.
GW started another run in the seventh with a sacrificial flight to the left field and took the 9-2 victory in the first game.
For Lehigh, junior right-hander Mason Black was still on strikeout, knocking out five batters, but also giving up four runs, three earned and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and threw 94 pitches.
On the record, it was Eric Cichocki who came through again, building on the Patriot League Player of the Week honor he earned earlier in the week. He went 2 on 3 with two walks and two runs scored. Gerard Sweeney was 2-1 with two walks and an RBI, while both Tyler Young and Chase Carlson each recorded hits.
In the second game, the Colonials ran four runs in front of the left Lehigh-Luke Luke Rettig in the first two innings and led 4-0 into the top of the third inning.
It wasn’t until day five that the Mountain Hawks got a run on the board when freshman Andrew Nole doubled to left field and Carlson scored to close the gap to 4-1.
GW’s Connor Harris threw two innings with three strikeouts to score the save as the Colonials scored the 4-1 win in seven innings.
Lehigh managed just three hits against GW Pitching, with Sweeney, Carlson and Nole each contributing to the crease.
For relief, the second right Will Grisack was well placed in 1 2/3 innings, allowing only a single hit with a walk and a strikeout.
Lehigh will return to the field tomorrow at noon against George Washington for two from Diamond Nation in Flemington, New Jersey. There will be no live streams or live statistics available for the double header.
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