Patriot League names Nole Rookie of the Week

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – After a weekend of game-winning goals in both Lehigh wins against Navy, newcomer Andrew Nole was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week, announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.

With this award, the Mountain Hawks have received all three weekly awards in one season for the first time since 2018. Nole is Lehigh’s first rookie of the week since Mason Black won the award on April 22, 2019.

In the three-game series, Nole hit with two home runs and five RBIs against .500 (4v8) and scored three runs with a double, a walk and a pitch hit. He hit 1.375 and hit the base on a 600 clip.

In the first game of the double header in Annapolis on Saturday, Nole went 3-2 with two home runs and three RBIs to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 5-1 win. On Sunday, Nole had the starting line-up for two runs to help Lehigh in a 3-1 win when the team beat the Midshipmen in a regular season for the first time since 2006.

Nole went strong as the Mountain Hawks’ main option with a designated batsman mid-season and broke through mid-mission. In 11 games, he’s currently hitting .304 and beating .696 with a base percentage of .429.

Junior right-handed Mason Black was awarded a 7-inning jewel by the league after his second full game in a row in a 5-1 win over Navy in which he fanned out 10 batters and allowed only one run, the four Hits not earned and two walks.

Black has beaten 10 or more batters in four of his six starts this season. He is now 3-1 with an ERA of 1.78 and holds Batters on a batting average of 0.200 so far.

The Mountain Hawks added a midweek fight against arch rivals Lafayette on Wednesday. Lehigh will host the leopards at 3pm from J. David Walker Field in Legacy Park. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN +.

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