Mountain Hawks swept in Sunday doubleheader at Seton Hall
at Saint Joseph’s
03/14/2021 | 12.00
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Sophomore Emily Cimino and Junior Jaelynn Chesson scored seven hits and six RBIs together, but Lehigh was swept in a double header by Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field, on Sunday at Seton Hall, Essex County. The Mountain Hawks left a 5-0 lead when the first game became a back and forth affair, with the Pirates running away with a 10-9 win. Cimino and Chesson scored only two hits for Lehighs when Seton Hall took the nightcap 10-0 in five innings.
The sweep brings Lehigh down to 2-2 in the young season, while Seton Hall improves to 3-5.
Things went well for the Mountain Hawks, who built a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings in their first game. Junior Carley Barjaktarovich took a lead to open the game, stole second, moved up to third with a single from newbie Brooke Cannon, then scored on a ground out from Cimino. Chesson, followed by a split home run into midfield, their third goal of the season. Lehigh prevailed against two others in the third with an RBI single from Senior Payton Alsobrooks and a double from Junior Addie Kittel.
Seton Hall even drew 5-5 after scoring a run in the third inning and a run in the fourth, topped off by a triple home run by Ally Taylor.
Lehigh regained a 6-5 lead when junior Karsen O’Rourke Alsorooks doubled home, but Seton Hall used a triple, four walks and two wild pitches to take a 7-6 lead after five. Chesson faced Barjakarovich at home to finish the game 7-7 in game six, but Seton Hall picked up a two-run single from Darby Pandolfo to finish seventh 9-7.
The Mountain Hawks continued to fight. With the tie runs in goal position and two outs, Cimino drilled a double to the right and scored the tie runs, but Lehigh was unable to postpone the starting run.
Seton Hall got a leadoff single in their seventh home game and after two wild pitches, Hailey Arteaga brought home the winning run with an infield single.
Junior Gabriella Nori started in a circle and allowed five runs with four hits with two walks and four spikes. Lehigh used four different pitches, with the Mountain Hawks being hampered by six walks and three wild pitches.
Chesson was 3-5 with three RBIs in the first game, while Barjaktarovich was 2-4 with three runs scored and three bases stolen. Lehigh stole six bases in the opener.
Lehigh was never able to get his bats to run in the second game, while Seton Hall was covered in bats in all four times. Pandolfo scored a two-piece home run in the first inning and the Pirates added two runs in the second and one in the third before breaking out for five runs in the fourth and advancing 10-0.
Victorious pitcher Kelsey Carr limited Lehigh to two consecutive singles from Cimino and Chesson in the fourth and helped her own cause with a triple home run in the fourth inning.
Freshman Katelyn Young started the second game for Lehigh, allowing five runs with five hits over three innings. Young went three and hit four.
The Mountain Hawks will be back on the road next Sunday when they visit Saint Joseph’s for a double header with the first pitch for the first game around noon.
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