Lehigh Closes Out Regular Season With Senior Day Sweep Of Lafayette

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05/13/2021 | 2.30


BETHLEHEM, PA. – On a day the Mountain Hawks honored their senior class, Lehigh finished the regular season with two five-inning wins over Lafayette Sunday at Leadership Park. Lehigh scored all four hits at Bat in the first game 9-1 and then used a first inning of eight runs to win the second game 8-0.

Sunday’s victories secured Lafayette a run of four games and gave the Mountain Hawks an eight-game winning streak en route to the Patriot League tournament that will see Lehigh finish at number two. Lehigh finished the regular season 16-14 overall and 14-8 in the Patriot League.

The freshman pitcher Katelyn Young and Ansley Dambach together allowed only one run with eight hits over 10 innings.

Lehigh scored a run in the first inning of the first game when freshman Brooke Cannon singled out home junior Carley Barjaktarovich. The Mountain Hawks then broke the game up in the second inning on RBI singles from sophomore Emily Cimino, Junior Jaelynn Chesson and Cannon and a double from Junior Karsen O’Rourke in two runs.

The seventh Lehigh run came home in the third when the second met Josie Charles when Barjaktarovich scored a throw on first base.

Lafayette (1-21, 1-17 PL) scored his only run of the day in the top of fourth place on Julia Roman’s RBI single with two exits, but Lehigh responded with two in the bottom of the frame on a single with two exits of Senior Allyson Dibsie.

Young took her eighth win of the season, allowing a three-hit run with two walks and three spikes.

Lehigh had 10 hits in game one, led by Cannon’s two RBI singles.

Mountain Hawk’s seniors, Payton Alsobrooks and Allyson Dibsie, were recognized between the double header games.

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In game two, Lehigh did all of his damage in the first inning. Cimino scored a mistake with an out and then successive walks loaded the bases. O’Rourke played on the left and brought Cimino home with the first run of the game. Then newcomer Amanda Greaney followed left with a triple brace to give the Mountain Hawks a 4-0 lead.

Alsobrooks pulled a base-laden run to give Lehigh a 5-0 lead and Barjaktarovich picked up an outfield player’s choice of RBI before Cimino completed the inning with eight runs with a double with two runs to the left.

Lehigh had two base runners in each inning of the game but failed to extend his lead. Dambach allowed five hits, but got her first career win and her shutout, went one and hit one.

Lafayette’s greatest threat came in the third inning when the Leopards had runners and second and third with an out, but Dambach induced a comebacker from Julia Romano and junior Melissa Fedorka tossed Kristen Rarick to end the threat.

O’Rourke and Greaney scored four of Lehigh’s eight goals in the second game.

Lehigh will be number 2 in the upcoming Patriot League tournament starting Thursday at BU Softball Field in Boston. Boston University is the host and top seed. Colgate and Army West Point complete the field.

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