Lehigh rolls past Iona, falls to Albany on Saturday
Posted: March 25, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Taryn Hanley went 4-for-4 with two RBI and freshman Lisa Sweeney tossed a three-hit shutout as Lehigh downed Iona 8-0 in six innings Saturday afternoon at Kaufman Field. Earlier in the day, the Mountain Hawks fell to Albany 12-2 in five innings, but the Brown and White wrapped up the weekend on a high note and improve to 15-6 on the season.
Hanley singled in the first inning versus the Gaels, and scored Lehigh’s first run after a double by junior Heather Hamasaki. The Mountain Hawks plated two more in the top of the third, as senior Mary Wieder delivered an RBI double and Sweeney reached on an error following a squeeze bunt attempt.
Lehigh broke the game open with three more runs in the fourth inning, as Hanley tripled to right centerfield to score Megan Conrad and Whitney Lowe. The Mountain Hawks adeed two more in the sixth as junior Julie Sterrett delivered a two-run triple, and the game was called via the mercy rule after six innings.
The eight runs were plenty of support for Sweeney, who allowed three hits and struck out ten Gaels to improve to 10-3 on the season. The first nine outs recorded by Sweeney were strikeouts on Saturday.
Things did not go well in Saturday’s first game versus defending America East champion Albany. The Great Danes displayed timely hitting, and took advantage of several Lehigh defensive miscues to score four runs in the first inning, three in the second and five in the fourth. The game was ended after five innings with Albany on top by ten. Wieder drove in both of Lehigh’s runs with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a triple in the fourth. Junior Stefanie Forlenza took the loss in the circle, she falls to 2-1 on the year.
The Mountain Hawks will return to the diamond on Tuesday as they will welcome Penn to Kaufman Field for a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 2:30 with audio coverage available at lehighsports.com with streaming powered by Yahoo! Sports.