Extra Innings - Rivalry Weekend
April 12, 2011
Senior Rob Froio looks back on the final Lehigh series of his career in this week's installment of "Extra Innings".
Welcome back to another edition of Extra Innings. A.J. practically begged me to write the blog this week, so I figured I would indulge him.
Not much happened during the week as we had games rained out on both Tuesday (vs. Penn) and Wednesday (vs. Monmouth). The weather on Thursday and Friday wasn't much better, though we did manage to get some practice in before the big weekend series against Lehigh.
We finally played our first home games of the year after over a month of playing on the road. The weather was beautiful this weekend, which meant that there was a great turnout for all four games.
We started off slow in the first game and fell behind early. We were able to battle back and tie the game in the sixth inning, but we couldn't hold them off as they scored two in the top of the seventh. We fared much better in the second game, led by a great pitching performance by Ethan Perro. We got out to an early lead in the first two innings and that was all it took. Both A.J. Miller and Andrew Ruck had spectacular days at the plate going a combined 9-for-14 in the doubleheader.
Once again, we started slow in the third game and fell behind early. A home run by Matt Fenster sparked some energy in the dugout, but it was not enough to get us back into the game. Determined to take the fourth and final game of the series, we came out and scored seven runs in the first three innings to take a commanding early lead. Connor Ortolf kept Lehigh in check with six strong innings on the mound. Miller, Ruck and Brian Davila each had successful days at the plate.
Overall this weekend was a success as we split with Lehigh and held our spot tied for second in the Patriot league standings. This Wednesday we play Villanova at home and next weekend we will host Holy Cross.
I would like to take this time to thank everyone for your support this year. The team really appreciates the loyal fan base that we are so fortunate to have. We look forward to your support for the remainder of the year. Until next time, Roll `Pards.