CLEARWATER, Fla. – After giving up seven runs in the second inning, the Mountain Hawks found themselves trailing Sacred Heart 9-0 on Wednesday night. However, Lehigh rallied and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind and upend the Pioneers 11-10 for its first win of the season. The winning run came as the bases were loaded and senior David Moscow was hit by a pitch to bring freshman Billy Swenson home.
The second inning was where the Pioneers did the most destruction as they sent 12 hitters to the plate. Sacred Heart rattled off all seven runs in between the first and second outs of the inning. Junior Andrew Grim, who came in midway through the inning for freshman Greg Angelo, struck out Tedesco to end the inning.
Lehigh’s rally began in the bottom of the third when sophomore Geoff Campbell scored off a Joe Ercolano double. The Mountain Hawks then exploded for five runs in the next inning that started with a triple from senior Nick Bet. Lehigh scored its first and last runs of the inning off wild pitches as Bet made it home when Chris Barthel tossed one and then Campbell scored off a Corey Corcoran wild pitch.
Sacred Heart’s lead got trimmed to two in the seventh when sophomore Matt Reitz hit an RBI single, but the Pioneers increased their lead to three in the eighth when Bobby McKee scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Pioneers three-run lead was short-lived. With senior David Moscow on second, junior Liam O’Connor doubled to send Moscow home and cut Sacred Heart’s lead back to two.
With runners in scoring position and one out, freshman Billy Swenson singled to bring in senior Stephen Salemme and Bet to tie the game at 10-10. Lehigh would then get runners on second and third again when freshman Dan Clauson singled, but an error by Sacred Heart allowed him to advance to second and Swenson move to third. The Pioneers’ intentionally walked Campbell to load the bases for Moscow.
Freshman Rob Russell was awarded his first collegiate win. Russell pitched 4.1 innings, allowed one run and stuck out three batters. Alex Rosachi, who entered the game in the ninth, picked up the loss after he allowed 2 hits and three runs.
Lehigh returns to action on Thursday afternoon when it faces Duquesne at 3:00 pm in Clearwater, Fla.