Two ninth inning runs trip up Mountain Hawks
Posted: March 5, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Lehigh came close to getting its first win of the season on Monday, but watched victory slip away as Duquesne scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Mountain Hawks 9-8 in Clearwater, Fla. in Lehigh’s second game of the Clearwater College Invitational. Junior Liam O’Connor and freshman Dan Clauson were both 3-for-4 from the plate as the Mountain Hawks fall to 0-3-1 on the season, while the Dukes improve to 2-3.
Lehigh trailed early in the game as Duquesne took a 3-0 lead at the end of the second inning. With Clauson and O’Connor in scoring position in the top of the third, junior Joe Ercolano hit a sac fly to right field that allowed Clauson to score from third to make the score 3-1.
The Mountain Hawks had the bases loaded in the top of the fifth when Ercolano was at the plate with one out. Duquesne’s Gary Pierpont walked Ercolano, which allowed freshman Billy Swenson to cross home plate and O’Connor and Clauson to advance to second and third, respectively. Both O’Connor and Clauson then scored off of an error to give Lehigh its first lead of the game.
Duquesne retook the lead with two runs in the sixth inning, but the Mountain Hawks would not trail for long as they scored four in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. Ercolano’s single drove in senior David Moscow and Clauson and then senior Nick Bet’s single brought in O’Connor and Ercolano.
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Geoff Campbell walked Derek Mechling, but got Aaron Janusey to fly out to center field. Mechling then advanced to third off a Pat Kimiutis single. A Lehigh error allowed Mechling to score and put two Dukes on base, including Kimiutis on second base. Brian Bernardo’s single allowed Kimiutis to come around and score the game-winning run.
Campbell earned his first loss for the season, while Joe Kaye picked up his first win of the season.
The Mountain Hawks return to action on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm when they face St. Joseph’s in Clearwater, Fla.