Game One Walk-Off Highlights Baseball’s Doubleheader Split vs. Bucknell
03/14/2021 | 13 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, PA. – The Lehigh baseball team was attacked late in each game of Saturday’s doubles game against Bucknell, but with varying results. The Mountain Hawks finished their comeback 5-4 in game one before running out 4-3 in game two. In the opener of the Patriot League for both sides, Junior Gerard Sweeney’s walk-off single scored senior Eric Cichocki to complete four Lehigh runs over the final two innings. After the split, the Mountain Hawks are 4: 4 overall in the season, while the Bison start with 4: 1, both with 1: 1 in the league game.
“We did well,” said Lehigh’s head coach Sean Leary. “One phase of our game was at a pretty high level. We only have a lot to do offensively and defensively. We didn’t play very well. Fortunately, our pitchers kept us there. If we don’t secure it.” Baseball, we’re going to have a hard time winning close games and that was our problem in both games. “
Lehigh allowed eight runs that day, but only three of them were earned. After allowing two first inning runs in the first game, Junior Mason Black decided to scrap 12 over six innings without allowing a deserved run the rest of the way. Classmate Matt Svanson dominated the nightcap, not allowing a hit through six innings. In the end, he threw seven innings, allowing only two hits and one run while scoring 10 hits.
“Svanson was dominant for more than 6 innings,” said Leary. “That’s exactly what you’re looking for in a starter. He did a great job. I would say he was definitely the most impressive person for the day. He just went out and set the tone. If you do 6+ innings without giving up. ” One run, it’s hard not to get a win. “
In game one, the bison scored two in the first, but a Joe Gorla victim flight in the fourth drew Lehigh within 2-1. Bucknell opened a 4-1 lead with two inexperienced runs in the sixth. The Mountain Hawks didn’t give up, however, and rallied for two at the end of sixth place to return to the final frame of the seven-inning competition within 4-3.
A stroll to Junior Chase Carlson was followed by a motley sacrifice, then a cichocki-clad pinch runner hit Tyler Young from second base on an incredible slide to elude the day and tied the score by four. Sweeney followed with a base hit in the middle, scoring Cichocki with ease and giving the Mountain Hawks a 5-4 victory.
“I thought it was going to be a great comeback,” said Leary. “The emotions our boys had for that one inning were excellent, but we’ve only had two competitive offensive innings all day and we have to work on that. We’re excited again that we won. We didn’t . ” I didn’t play our game aggressively today or put any pressure on them, but when we did we succeeded. “
In the second game, an impressive performance by Svanson kept the game goalless in the seventh inning. Bucknell scored a single run in the seventh and eighth runs and took a 2-0 lead. After a drop-fly-fly he achieved a 4-0 advantage.
Lehigh wouldn’t go down quietly, taking three in ninth place, two of which were scored on a brace from newcomer Andrew Nole. But after a sacrificial fly, the Mountain Hawks couldn’t bring the bond run to the base.
Sweeney finished the first game 3-3 with two runs and an RBI. Cichocki continued his strong game and finished the afternoon 3-8. Freshman Riley Davis scored two goals in the second game.
The Mountain Hawks and Bison will compete again on Sunday in Lewisburg. The game time is set to 1:30 p.m.
“I’m proud of our boys to be back on the field and playing,” said Leary. “It’s unique because you want to get better as a coach, but then there is a part of you that realizes that this is our fifth day out for the whole year and as a team our sixth day together since March 12th last year We tell them we’re not going to lower the standards or make excuses, but at the same time, every day you’re out here is a chance to get a little better. With Patriot League games there is a little a little more on the line every game. “
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