Mountain Hawks Come Up Short Against Boston U. In Patriot League Championship
BOSTON – The Lehigh run through the Patriot League tournament ended on Saturday with a 9-2 loss to Boston University in the championship round. Two Lehigh mistakes resulted in a fifth inning in five runs, and the Mountain Hawks were unable to recover from a 7-0 deficit. Lehigh played in the championship round for the fourth time in a row but falls to the Terriers for the third time in a row.
Junior Carley Barjaktarovich went 4-on-4 and in the second year Emily Cimino scored for the second time in a row. You and Junior Gabriella Nori were appointed to the All-Tournament Team.
Lehigh’s season ends at 18-16, while Boston University moves to 36-2 and wins their 18th game in a row.
“BU are very good at making mistakes and we have certainly made enough mistakes,” said Troyan. “We made four mistakes and allowed four walks. We can’t afford to make mistakes like that and expect to win. At the beginning of the game there was an obstacle call on the plate that could have done things a little differently, but you have to play a very clean game to play against a team like this, we didn’t play the clean game we needed.
Troyan continued: “It was nice to see Emily Cimino do a homerun and we knew we had to get a few runs to have a chance, but with the mistakes we made we didn’t have really big ones Chance.”
Boston University was the visiting team on their home field on Saturday, scoring two runs in the first half when Lauren Keleher named Caitlin Coker home with the help of one of four Lehigh mistakes that day. Keleher scored when Emily Gant made an outfield player’s decision to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead before Lehigh got down to the bat.
Nori was eliminated from the first two Terriers in the top third before a Gant double and Lauren Nett gave RBI Single BU a 3-0 lead. Two mistakes in a ball strike by Nicole Amodio brought another run home and extended the inning to the point where BU scored three more inexperienced runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Lehigh scored his two runs in the fifth when Barjaktarovich scored her third goal of the day with a one-out bunt single, and Cimino subsequently drilled a two-run home run down the center left to bring the deficit down to 7-2. The home run was her fourth of the season.
Boston University responded with two runs in sixth place and worked out of trouble on the seventh run when Lehigh fielded two runners without anyone dropping out.
Nice was 1: 2 with an RBI and two runs scored for BU and was named MVP of the tournament. Keleher was the only terrier to score multiple hits against Lehigh Pitching.
Lehigh ended with eight goals from Patriot League pitcher of the year Ali DuBois. In addition to Barjaktarovich’s four and Cimino’s homerun, Junior Karsen O’Rourke had two and Senior Payton Alsobrooks led with a double from seventh place.
Nori was charged with five runs (two earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings of work. She knocked you out and didn’t take a punch. Freshman Katelyn Young allowed four runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings with four walks and four strikeouts.
“For us it all starts in a circle and Gabi did a great job,” said Troyan. “She got a couple of wins for us against Colgate, which was huge. She got us to where we were. We felt like we had to give her the opportunity to play in a championship today. She did it all Played great over the weekend. “
“Carley showed offensive today why she deserved to be first-team in the All-Patriot League.” Troyan continued. “It was a coming-out tournament for Emily Cimino who had a great weekend. She had all four RBIs yesterday and two RBIs today, and she really had a great tournament.”
Lehigh will only lose two seniors to graduating from Alsobrooks and Allyson Dibsie.
“I’m very proud of the entire program as we worked with a limited squad against COVID all season,” said Troyan. “We didn’t start very well at all, but we turned it around. The team that ended the season were certainly a much better, much more polished version than what we put on the field at the beginning of the season. Not me. ” I know if we’ve had a team that made more progress than this particular team from February 1st to mid-May. “
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