Mountain Hawks shut down Navy, 3-1 for weekend series victory
04/07/2021 | 3 pm
BETHLEHEM, PA – The Lehigh baseball team took a win to win a crucial streak against Navy and again beat the Midshipmen 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at J. David Walker Field in Legacy Park. The Mountain Hawks (9-7, 6-2 PL) have won their first regular win of the season over the Mids (7-3, 3-3 PL) since 2006.
“Navy has won the regular season title for five years in a row and until someone beats them they’re the best team,” said head coach Sean Leary. “So it was a playoff weekend for both teams. We both played at a level that will feel like in May. Our boys developed a mantra that we need to win series. We did it.” so far to do.
“But that was a little different because we didn’t consistently beat them in the series. I think that gives our boys confidence that we can play with anyone, but this is a great team and we have to do at a high level . ” I was proud of our boys for doing that this weekend. “
Freshman Andrew Nole continued his dominance over the weekend with a clutch single with two runs in the sixth inning to take the lead, and senior right-handed Sam Wurth was up with four innings that allowed only three hits to get his first win achieve brilliantly relieved year.
“Once again, it was our pitching that did an excellent job all round,” said Leary. “Frosted [Stamford] We got four strong innings straight away and had a pretty deep bullpen today. Lucas [Rich] got us through an inning and then Sam was just amazing. That was the management level there, especially with one layoff. He didn’t have a chance to throw because we played so well. He went out there and was just the star at the end of the game.
“Overall we scratched and scratched and Andrew Nole was the offensive hero all weekend.”
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– Lehigh Baseball (@LehighBaseball) April 4, 2021 Navy struck first in the fourth inning when Eduardo Diaz doubled the left field line to give Ryan Duffey a 1-0 lead.
The remainder of the scoring was scored in the sixth inning for the Mountain Hawks when Joe Gorla made an outfield player’s decision to take Gerard Sweeney from third to finish the game at 1.
Nole’s single won that inning when an exonerating combination of Wurth and Lucas Rich held the fort down as the Mountain Hawks won 3-1 on Easter Sunday.
Eric Cichocki, a senior right-back, was caught without a hit and shot his 11-game streak, but his glove was the talking point of the day. In the seventh inning he scored a spectacular dive catch to take away a run and the possibility of a triple for Nico Valdez.
“The game Eric made was spectacular,” said Leary. “He’s playing offensively and defensively at an MVP level in the Patriot League. In a highly competitive game you usually need a clutch hit and a clutch defensive game, and we got that a couple of times this weekend.”
Casey Rother went 2-4 in the afternoon and played his second game in a row in left field. Quinn McKenna went 1: 3 after the start in midfield.
Lefty Matt Stamford started the Mountain Hawks, throwing four innings and allowing a deserved run with four hits and two strikeouts.
With the win, Lehigh has now won four of his last five games and has the chance to play another season against a Patriot League opponent when he takes on arch-rivals Lafayette from Walker Field on Wednesday at 3pm. The Mountain Hawks won the first two games of the series in Easton before the double header with two games the following day was postponed due to rain.
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