Lehigh falls in rubber match against Colonials
Posted: March 16, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh fell behind early, in the final game of its three game series against George Washington, and could not regain its footing for the rest of the game, losing 8-1 Sunday afternoon on the Goodman Campus. Eric Cantrell (2-1) set the tempo early on for the Colonials, as he pitched seven innings on the mound and allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight en route to the win. The Mountain Hawks fall to 10-8 with the loss, while George Washington improves to 8-7.
“Starting pitching can really give a team momentum early on in the game,” said Lehigh head coach Sean Leary, “and their pitching was great in the first, while ours struggled. On a cold day like this it’s really tough to comeback when you get down early.”
The Colonials started the scoring early, picking up four runs in the top of the first. Andrew Berger loaded the bases when he hit designated hitter Curtis Eward, and the next batter Andrew Abokhair unloaded them with a three-run double to left field. George Washington added one more run on a single up the middle by Doug Eizen, taking a commanding 4-0 lead after the first.
George Washington added four more runs in the top of the fourth before Lehigh got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Brendan McGaheran started the inning with a single through shortstop and third base, breaking up Cantrell’s no-hit attempt. McGaheran moved over to third after a single by Andy Russell and scored on a groundout to first base by Logan Marshall
Pitching dominated the game the rest of the way, as Lehigh’s bullpen combination of Andrew Grim, Ken Longernecker and Jim McConlogue allowed just four hits in their 5.1 innings of work. Choudry Faizan and Jimmy Duggan did not allow any base runners in their two innings of relief for the Colonials.
Berger (2-3) earned the loss for Lehigh, pitching the game’s first 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out three.
The Mountain Hawks return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Temple for a 3 p.m. game.