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Baseball Falls In Series Opener at Lehigh

April 26, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lafayette 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Lehigh 3 1 2 1 0 0 X 7 11 2

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Gotzon - W (4-1) 7.0 8 2 1 0 9
 Ortolf - L (2-7) 3.0 9 6 6 1 1
 Batting AB R
 Woinski 3 0 2 0 0 0
 Pacchioli 4 2 3 0 0 0

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh scored in each of the first four innings and took game one of Saturday's doubleheader from Lafayette by a 7-2 final.

The loss dropped Lafayette to 11-24 on the season and 4-11 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh improved to 21-19 and 8-8 in conference games.

Lafayette scored twice in the top of the first inning against Lehigh starting pitcher Colin Gotzon to grab an early lead. Leadoff man Andrew Santomauro reached on an error before second baseman Jackson Kramer brought him home with a double down the left field line to put the Leopards on the board. Lafayette had runners on first and third with nobody out following Alex Woinski's single to left as cleanup man Tyler Hudson stepped to the plate. The Leopards' third baseman served a single to right field to chase Kramer home as Woinski moved to third base. Gotzon stranded the runners, however, by striking out the next two Lafayette hitters and getting a groundout to limit the damage at two runs.

Lehigh responded in its first trip to the plate and wasted no time in taking the lead. With two outs and the bases loaded for Tyler Brong following singles by Justin Pacchioli, Joe Abeln and John Elson, Lafayette left-hander Connor Ortolf issued a walk that cut Lafayette's lead in half. Patrick Donnelly followed Brong with a two-RBI single up the middle to put Lehigh ahead 3-2.

The Maroon and White put runners on base in every inning but the seventh, but were unable to capitalize as Gotzon scattered eight hits over his complete-game effort. The right-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter as he improved to 4-1 on the year.

After adding a run on a sacrifice fly in the second, Lehigh extended its lead to 6-2 in the third inning when Brong and Elson each singled home runs against Ortolf. The Leopards' senior starter was lifted in favor of Cory Spera to start the fourth after surrendering six runs on nine hits.

Spera retired the first two batters he faced before Pacchioli and Mike Garzillo hit back-to-back doubles to push the lead to 7-2 after four complete innings. The two doubles Spera allowed in the fourth were the only hits he gave up in relief of Ortolf.