Baseball Halves Doubleheader at Lehigh
April 27, 2014
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh pitching combined to hold Lafayette’s offense in check during the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader as the Mountain Hawks salvaged a split of the twinbill with a 5-1 victory. Lafayette edged Lehigh 2-1 in game one.
The triumph improved Lehigh’s overall record to 23-20 and it moved to 10-9 in Patriot League play. Lafayette went to 12-26 on the season and 5-13 in the conference after losing three of four to the Mountain Hawks over the weekend.
Lehigh starting pitcher Matt Kozemchak kept Lafayette’s offense under control by holding the visitors to three hits over his 6 1/3 innings on the hill. The freshman left hander worked around Alex Woinski’s two-out double in the first and Matt Lawrence’s leadoff base hit in the third inning. After recording the first out of the seventh, Tyler Hudson ripped a single back through the box before Kozemchak gave way to relief pitcher Joey McNamara. Kozemchak fanned five, walked one and hit a batter to collect the win.
McNamara escaped the seventh by inducing a double play, before pitching a scoreless eighth following a single by Brett Thompson with one down. Lafayette got on the board in the ninth when Zach Gross ripped a double to left center field that chased in Andrew Santomaruo. Lafayette’s centerfielder began the ninth with a base hit to left.
The Mountain Hawks plated an unearned run in the first inning against Lafayette rookie starter Trevor Houck on an RBI single by John Elson. Justin Pacchioli, who led off the inning with a single, scored from third after swiping second and moving over to third on an error.
Lafayette’s right-hander kept zipped through the next two innings, including a 1-2-3 second. Houck ran his streak of not allowing an earned run to 17 innings before Patrick Donnelly’s two-out single between third base and shortstop scored Elson from second base. Elson walked to start the frame and stole second base to move into scoring position.
After Houck earned two groundball outs to start the sixth, consecutive knocks by Tyler Brong (double) Connor Faust (RBI single) extended Lehigh’s lead to 3-0. Houck pitched a perfect seventh to complete his outing in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two and punched out six.
Lehigh added a pair of unearned insurance runs in the eighth against Ryan Callanan to run its total to five.
Up next for the Leopards is a trip to Lawrenceville, N.J. on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with Rider.