Posted: April 17, 2004
Annapolis, MD – Desperately needing wins to remain in the hunt for a Patriot League postseason playoff berth, the Mountain Hawks’ bats came to life Saturday as Lehigh blasted Navy by scores of 8-4 and 16-2 in a doubleheader at Navy’s Max Bishop Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The pair of victories improves Lehigh’s league record to 6-8, placing the Mountain Hawks in a virtual tie for third place with Bucknell (who lost two at Lafayette Saturday). Meanwhile, the Midshipmen are 5-9 against league competition after the two setbacks on Saturday.
In the opening contest, Jack Muscalus ran his record to 6-2 with his fourth complete game of the season. The junior received more than enough offensive support, as the Mountain Hawks ran out to an eight-nothing lead in the fifth inning.
Center fielder David Moscow had the best game of his young Lehigh career, going 3-for-4 at the plate with four runs batted in. Jesse Novalis, Forrest Doane, Andrew Smith, Steve Salemme, and Jeff Baker all added two hits apiece in the victory. All nine Lehigh batters reached base at least once in the win.
In the second contest, the bats continued at their torrid pace, as the Mountain Hawks continued to pummel Navy pitching. Already leading by an 8-2 count entering the ninth inning, Lehigh batted around for the second time in the contest, adding eight additional runs.
In the inning, third baseman Jesse Novalis ripped a three-run homer to left field – his third bomb of the season. The home run was number 26 in Novalis’ career, tying him with Army’s Mike Scioletti for the Patriot League’s all-time record.
Eric Hoffman – the lone Lehigh player without a hit in game one – more than atoned for his game one performance with a 3-for-6 effort in the nightcap. He drove in three runs in the victory. Third baseman John Zaszewski also ripped three hits and drove in two in the victory. Catcher Matt McBride hit a two-run homer to left in the first inning, his first blast in a Lehigh uniform. Moscow, fresh off his three-hit effort in game one, was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two driven in in game two.
Not to be overlooked in the second game was the pitching performance of Karl Weimer. The junior pitched six solid innings to improve his record to 3-1. Weimer allowed just one run and six hits in the win. Kyle Collina pitched the final three innings to notch his fourth save of the season.
In the end, however, the Lehigh offense stole the show. The Mountain Hawks racked up 24 runs on 32 hits over the course of the doubleheader.
Elsewhere in league play on Saturday, front-runner Army (12-2) split a doubleheader at Holy Cross (5-9). In Easton, Lafayette (8-6) secured sole possession of second place with the twinbill sweep of Bucknell (6-8).
The Mountain Hawks (20-16 overall) return to the diamond on Sunday, when Lehigh again takes on Navy at Max Bishop Stadium. First pitch of game one is scheduled for , and both contests will be broadcast live on Lehigh’s web site at lehighsports.com, with play-by-play provided by Micah B. Hart.