Lehigh upended by DePaul in Classic finale
Posted: February 25, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Lehigh wrapped up play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday with a 9-1 loss to Big East member DePaul in six innings at the South Commons Complex. Senior Heather Hamasaki made her first start in the pitcher’s circle since the 2005 season, but allowed seven earned runs in five and two-thirds innings as the Mountain Hawks fall to 0-5 on the season. DePaul improves to 7-5 on the season, including a 2-3 showing at the Leadoff Classic.
The Blue Demons raced to a 2-0 lead when Marcy Wilus hit a two run home run off of Hamasaki in the bottom of the first inning. The lead grew to 4-0 after two innings after an RBI double from Jess Evans, who later came around to score on a Lehigh error.
The Mountain Hawks scored their lone run in the third inning, as freshman Amy Piccinich walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt; and after Taryn Hanley singled, came around to score following an error by right fielder Sandy Vojik.
DePaul added two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth to wrap up the victory via the eight-run rule.
Hamasaki suffered the loss allowing seven earned runs and eight hits while striking out three. She last appeared in the pitching circle in Lehigh’s NCAA Regional game versus Arizona in 2005, and her last start came against Bucknell in that year’s Patriot League tournament.
Lehigh mustered just two hits off of winning pitcher Becca Heteniak, singles from Hanley and sophomore Whitney Lowe. Hanley collected four of Lehigh’s 13 hits on the weekend and drove in two of the Mountain Hawks’ five runs.
The Mountain Hawks will try again for their first win of the season on Saturday, March 3, when they travel to Plant City, Florida to kick off spring break play at the Plant City Tournament. Lehigh will face Harvard at 11:00 am before taking on Saint Joseph’s at 1:30 pm.