Lehigh earns convincing win in regular season home finale
Posted: April 28, 2005
Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh’s baseball team ripped 16 hits as the Mountain Hawks pounded Saint Joseph’s by a 13-2 score at Goodman Field on Thursday afternoon.
The victory improves Lehigh’s record to 24-16-1 on the season, while Saint Joseph’s drops to 12-27 with Thursday’s setback.
In a game that featured just about everything weather-wise – bright sunshine early, a brief thunderstorm, and then chilly temperatures with swirling winds – the Lehigh bats got to work early in building a six-nothing lead after three innings of play. The Mountain Hawks also took advantage of some Saint Joseph’s miscues to build the early cushion. The Hawks made three errors and committed two passed balls in the first three innings of the contest.
But for Lehigh it was the seventh inning that put the game out of reach. Leading by a 7-1 score, the Mountain Hawks sent eleven batters to the plate, scoring six times on eight hits in the inning.
Second baseman Matt Geiger led the charge offensively for Lehigh, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs driven in, and two runs scored. Right fielder Nick Bet, center fielder Joe Ercolano, third baseman John Zaszewski, and designated hitter Jeff Benfield all registered two hits apiece in the win. Ercolano also scored twice and drove in a pair.
The Mountain Hawks left nine runners on base in the win.
On the mound, Lehigh freshman Billy Alec was dominant. The right-hander threw seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five. Alec improves his record to 2-0 with the victory. Saint Joseph’s Joel Grimshaw (0-4) pitched the first three innings and took the loss.
Lehigh returns to the diamond on Saturday, as the Mountain Hawks visit Patriot League rival Lafayette for the start of a four-game series. First pitch of Saturday’s game one is scheduled for noon from Class of 1978 Stadium in Easton.