Posted: April 26, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Backed by two strong pitching performances from seniors Joe Matteo and Andrew Grim, Lehigh swept the first two games of its four-game series with Bucknell on Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. Matteo (6-3) pitched his third consecutive complete game in the first game to help the Mountain Hawks pick up a 4-3 win. In the second game, Grim (4-2) also went the distance as Lehigh came away with an 8-4 victory. With the wins the Brown and White improve to 22-26 (6-12) while the Bison fall to 21-20 (9-9) on the year.
In game one, the Bison struck first on a sac fly from Dane Grandizio to score Ben Yoder, who had reached in the previous at bat on a triple to right center. The score remained tied till the third, when Brendan McGaheran brought home Geoff Campbell with a single to right field. Billy Goldman scored in the next at bat on an error by Yoder at second base, to give the Mountain Hawks a 2-1 lead.
In the next inning, Lehigh put runners on the corners with no one out and successfully pulled off a double steal, as Matt Reitz got thrown out going to second, but it allowed Billy Swenson to score from third. The Mountain Hawks added their fourth run of the game in the fifth, on an RBI single to center field from Liam O’Connor, which allowed McGaheran to score from third.
Bucknell added two runs late, on a two-run homerun by Andrew Brouse in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough, as Lehigh escaped with the win.
Matteo went all seven innings, surrendering three runs on five hits, while striking out a game high seven. His counterpart Jason Buursma (5-3) also went the distance, giving up four runs, three of which were unearned, while striking out just three.
In game two, it was Bucknell who once again started the scoring first, picking up two runs in the third on RBI from Yoder and Grandizio. Lehigh countered in the sixth, when Mark Bernhard led the inning off with a double in the left-center field gap. Andy Russell drove him home two batters later on a sac fly to center field.
Bucknell responded right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning an RBI single down the left field line by Brouse to score Grandizio.
Lehigh’s offense exploded in the top of the seventh, as the Mountain Hawks pounded out five runs in the inning. Bernhard and McGaheran drove in four of the innings five runs, with McGaheran’s two RBI coming on a homerun to left field.
The Mountain Hawks added two more runs in the eighth, which was more than enough offense for Grim. The lefty surrendered 10 hits on the day, but only two were for extra bases, and recorded 16 groundball outs to just nine fly outs.
These two teams will face each other tomorrow in the final two games of league play. The first game is scheduled to get underway at noon from Lewisburg, Pa.