Posted: April 12, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Joe Ercolano picked up his 207th career hit, making him the all-time hits leader at Lehigh as the Mountain Hawks split their doubleheader with Lafayette on Saturday. Lehigh picked up the win in the first game 5-1, while the Leopards won the second 5-0. Joe Matteo (4-3) earned his third complete game of the year in the first game, as he went the distance, allowing just five hits on one run. Lehigh is now 15-21 (2-8) on the year, while Lafayette is 17-12 (5-5).
In the first game, the Leopards scored the first run of the game on a sac fly to left by Chris Luick, to score Rob Froio. Lehigh responded in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of its own. Ercolano led off the inning with a single down the left field line, his 206th career hit, tying Jesse Novalis ’04 atop the Lehigh record books.
Ercolano then stole second, and came around to score on a single by Billy Goldman to tie the game at 1-1. Goldman advanced to third on the play on an error by center fielder Froio. Andy Russell put the Mountain Hawks up on a groundout to the right side of the infield that allowed Goldman to score.
The Mountain Hawks added two more runs in the next inning, on RBI from Billy Swenson and Joe Bellini to go up 4-1. The score remained that way till the sixth when Russell launched a solo homerun down the right field line, his second of the season.
Kevin Resse (3-3) was given the loss, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing all five runs on six hits, while striking out just two.
In the second, Ercolano led off the bottom of the first with his record-breaking hit, a single through the right side of the infield. However, the Leopards took over after that, scoring three runs in the top of third. Luick hit another sac fly to left field to score Froio to pick up their first run of the game. Tom Ambrosole followed that up with an RBI double to left field. The next batter, Jeff Butler, knocked a single up the middle to score Ambrosole.
Lafayette added solo homeruns in the fourth and fifth innings from Daniel Bierce and Ambrosole to pick up the win.
Kevin Mihalik (2-3) was hit with the loss, pitching four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. Andrew Grim relieved Mihalik in the fifth, and pitched five shutout innings to keep the Mountain Hawks in the game.
Jeremy Atkins (4-2) pitched a complete game shutout for the Leopards, allowing seven hits while striking out five.
The teams will finish out their four game series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at noon from the baseball field on the Goodman Campus.