Lehigh Hosts Cairn in Final Mid-Week Home Game of Season

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The final mid-week home game of the 2022 regular season, the Lehigh baseball team begins a final four-game homestand against Cairn on Thursday afternoon, taking on the Highlanders at 3 pm from J. David Walker Field. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a crucial weekend series victory over Bucknell in which the team claimed two out of three games and earned a season series win over the Bison.

Senior outfielder Casey Rother is continuing his impressive stretch to a regular season in his push to repeat as Patriot League Player of the Year after hitting .500 (8-for-16) with three extra base hits (two homers and one double) with six runs scored and six RBIs. He slugged .938 and reached base at a .526 clip. Rother is currently pacing the Lehigh offense, batting .350 overall with 55 hits, 15 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs. Sophomore Riley Davis is also hitting .339, second on the team, while Tyler Young (.328), Jake Whitlinger (.304) are also both batting above .300 this season.

Junior catcher Adam Retzbach currently holds on to the team and Patriot League lead in home runs with eight, also totaling a team-best 38 RBIs.

On the mound, Rother (2-0, 1.04 ERA) has been the most consistent pitcher of the bunch, striking out nine with two walks in seven appearances. Junior righty Carlos Torres (2-1, 8.63) was outstanding in his start last Wednesday against Lafayette, earning him an honorable mention selection from the Patriot League for shoving 5.1 strong innings, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk on 77 pitches against the Leopards.

Cairn has had a tremendous season in Division III, playing out of the CSAC conference. The Highlanders are 25-11, including 8-4 in conference play in 2022 so far. Heading into its mid-week contest with Marywood on Wednesday, Cairn had won 13 straight games, currently the third longest winning streak in all of D-III.

Samuel Spadea leads the Highlanders with a batting average of .398 in 33 games so far this year, with 47 hits, 10 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBIs. Tyler Warr is hitting .355 in just 76 at-bats with nine doubles, two home runs and 30 runs driven in. Joshua Melchior is batting .351 with 47 hits as well and has also stole 30 bases on 32 tries in 36 games.

On the mound, Ben Spadea (1-0, 2.70) has been phenomenal in 14 appearances, striking out 25 over 20.0 innings of work. In six starts, Cameron Culver (6-2, 2.75) has been the ace of the rotation, striking out 44 with just eight walks in 52.1 innings.

Cairn has out-scored opponents, 305-243 this season, averaging 7.76 runs per game in 36 contests.

Thursday will mark the first-ever matchup between Lehigh and Cairn. The Mountain Hawks have a 10-game winning streak against non-Division I opponents.

Thursday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ (subscription required).

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