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Two Close Calls

April 10, 2010

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lafayette had two close calls against rival Lehigh on Saturday but unfortunately fell on the losing side of both, dropping the series opener 2-1 and the second game 7-5.

The Leopards (6-18, 2-4) could not capitalize on a stellar pitching performance from game one starter Zach Fritz, who went six innings and gave up two runs, only one of which was earned. Fritz struck out five batters and scattered five hits but picked up the loss after Lafayette's offense could only record three hits and scrape together a solo run.

The Leopards combined for only 11 hits in the two losses. Alex Bechta had two of the team's three hits in the opening game while A.J. Miller and Justin Shepherd had two apiece in the nightcap.

In game one, Lehigh (12-16, 4-2) took a 2-0 lead in the second on Sean Killeeen's RBI double to center that scored two runners, only one which was earned after a fielding error by shortstop Brian Davila.

Lafayette cut the lead in half in the fourth on a Matt Fenster sac fly.

Fritz continued to throw zeroes up on the board but unfortunately so did his Mountain Hawks counterpart Andrew Berger, who threw seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball to lead his team to the 2-1 victory.

Lafayette nearly rallied for a ninth-inning comeback in game two but it wound up being too little too late. Starter Corey Shea was hit for six runs in his 4.2 innings.

The Leopards got an early 1-0 lead in the third after a Lehigh fielding error allowed Davila to score after he had led off the inning with a single.



Lehigh got two runs back in its half of the third on a sac fly and a Kevin McConlogue RBI double. The Mountain Hawks then made it a 3-1 game in the fourth after Brendan McGaheran came through with a two-out single that scored Chad Warga, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

Lehigh continued to tack on runs by adding three more in the fifth, all of which were charged to Shea. Warga had the big hit, a two-RBI single to center with the bases loaded.

In the sixth, Bechta's single down the left field line made it 6-2 and the Leopards were able to get within three (6-3) as Miller came around to score when Justin Shepherd ground into a double play.

The Leopards came to bat for their last licks in the ninth and put a scare into Lehigh. Shepherd led off with a single that was followed by a walk to Davila. Both players scored on A.J. Pisarri's bases-loaded single up the middle that cut the Mountain Hawks' lead to two, 7-5, but Matt Fenster struck out swinging to end the inning and Lafayette's potential comeback.

The Leopards get two more chances against Lehigh with another doubleheader tomorrow beginning at noon.