Posted: April 2, 2006
EASTON, Pa. – Lehigh closed out its first weekend of Patriot League play with a pair of wins on Sunday, completing a sweep of archrival Lafayette at Metzgar Field. The Mountain Hawks rolled to a 6-1 win in game one behind freshman pitcher Lisa Sweeney, then in game two the Mountain Hawk bats exploded for a season high 14 runs in a 14-2 romp that was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. Lehigh improves to 19-8 on the year, 4-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fall to 8-17, 0-4 in league play.
The Leopards would get on the board first in the opener as Jill Masterton led off the bottom of the first with a home run. The Mountain Hawks would come back though, scoring three runs in both the second and third innings. Sweeney helped her own cause with an RBI single in the second, then came around to score when Megan Conrad reached on an error. In the third, Lauren Haney drove in a run with a double and then Julie Sterrett followed up with a single two batters later.
Sweeney closed out Lehigh’s scoring in game one with a sacrifice fly, then proceeded to close out the Leopards in the pitching circle, throwing a complete game five-hitter, while striking out eight, to improve to 12-3 on the year.
In game two, Lehigh plated four runs in the top of the first and then exploded for ten in the third to build a large lead. Freshman Whitney Lowe delivered the big hit in the first inning, with a two-run double to put the Mountain Hawks up 4-0.
After Lafayette got two runs back in the bottom of the second, Lehigh sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on six hits. Sterrett drove in five of the ten runs in the inning, with a two-run double to left field, and then a three-run home run to centerfield, her third of the season and second in as many days. Sterrett also scored three runs in the nightcap.
The 14 runs were more than enough for Kate Arico, who went all five innings allowing two runs on five hits to earn her fifth win of the season.
Lehigh has now won 27 in a row over Lafayette and has also won 38 straight regular season games in the Patriot League.
The Mountain Hawks will return to action on Wednesday, when they host Princeton in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 from Kaufman Field. Lehigh will look to avenge three losses to the Tigers in 2005, including a 3-1 defeat that eliminated the Mountain Hawks from the NCAA Regional. The games will be broadcast online at lehighsports.com with streaming powered by Yahoo! Sports.