Posted: February 24, 2008
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Lehigh continued its impressive start to the season with two more wins on the final day of the Hughes Bros. Tires Seahawk Classic on Sunday. Head coach Fran Troyan won his 400th career game as the Mountain Hawks routed Delaware State 12-1 in five innings in the day’s opening game. Lehigh’s final game of the weekend was its closest as well, but a sixth inning RBI single by senior Kate Marvel led the Brown and White past UNC-Greensboro 3-2. With the wins, Lehigh improves to 4-0 on the season; the Mountain Hawks first 4-0 start since 2004.
In Sunday’s opening game, the Mountain Hawks put runs on the scoreboard in bunches to get Troyan his 400th win. Lehigh, the designated visiting team, scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Lisa Sweeney continued a stellar weekend at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle with a two run home run to right field, and two batters later classmate Alisha Gonzales followed with a solo shot to left, her second round-tripper in as many days.
Delaware State scored in its half of the first on an RBI double by Nicole Demers off Lehigh freshman Briana Gaumer, who was making her college debut.
Lehigh extended its lead with a three-run third inning. Freshman Carly Potock drove in two runs with two out double and came around to score when sophomore Brooke Lewis reached on an error.
The Mountain Hawks blew the game open in the sixth inning, plating six runs on just three hits as Hornets’ starter Andrea Waters lost command of the strike zone. Marvel capped off the six run assault with a two run single, after Lehigh had scored four previous runs on a wild pitch, a bases loaded walk, a fielder’s choice and a single.
Potock and Sweeney combined for four of Lehigh’s eight hits and five of the ten RBI versus Delaware State, which fell to 4-3 with the loss.
Gaumer went the first four innings in the circle allowing one run on five hits for her first collegiate win. Sophomore Danielle Clark loaded the bases with three walks, but struck out the side in the fifth for the game’s final three outs.
Lehigh’s final game of the weekend was easily its most competitive. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on back-to-back RBI hits from Brittany Ausley and Whitney Sirois.
Sophomore Lauren Eichblatt knocked in Lehigh’s first run with a second inning RBI single, and the Mountain Hawks knotted the game at two in the next frame when freshman Sam Miller reached on an error allowing Ali Torborg to score.
Marvel broke the tie with two outs in the sixth; as her third hit of the ballgame drove home senior Megan Conrad with the go-ahead run. The Spartans loaded the bases in the seventh, but Sweeney, who relieved sophomore Tiffany Curtis in the fourth inning, struck out Kaitlin Merkt to end the game.
Curtis allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in three innings of work. Sweeney followed with four shutout innings allowing just two hits while striking out eight, including the 400th strikeout of her career, to pick up her second win of the weekend.
The Mountain Hawks will return to action next Sunday when they head to Kissimmee, Florida for the Rebel Spring Games. Lehigh will play ten games in six days, beginning with contests against Detroit and Fairfield on Sunday.