Baseball Falls In Doubleheader At Lehigh, 6-5 & 15-3

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh second baseman Mike Garzillo combined to hit 6-for-8 with four runs, a double, two triples and three runs batted in to help lead the Mountain Hawks to a doubleheader sweep over Holy Cross in Patriot League baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Goodman Campus field. Lehigh won the first contest 6-5, while it claimed the 15-3 win in game two. With the wins, the Mountain Hawks improve to 17-14 overall and 7-4 in the conference, while the Crusaders fall to 10-23 on the season and 3-7 in the league.

GAME 1: Lehigh 6, Holy Cross 5

Lehigh grabbed the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Holy Cross answered in the top of the second frame, as sophomore Connor Perry (Haverhill, Mass.) hit a two-run home run – his third of the season – to make the score 3-2. The Mountain Hawks, however, scored two more runs in the bottom of the second to grab the 5-2 advantage.

The Crusaders pushed across a run in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 5-3. Junior Evan Ocello (Camarillo, Calif.) and sophomore Nick Lovullo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After the pair moved over on a sacrifice bunt, Ocello scored on a groundout by junior Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.).

The Mountain Hawks added their final run in the bottom of the fifth inning to go ahead 6-3. Holy Cross put together a rally in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Perry and senior Andrew Barry (Puyallup, Wash.) hit a pair of singles. Crusader freshman Bill Schlich (Massapequa, N.Y.) then plated both Barry and Perry on a two-RBI triple to make the score 6-5. Holy Cross, however, would not be able to get any closer, as Lehigh held on for the one-run victory.

Mountain Hawk starter Kevin Long picked up the win (4-1), as he allowed five runs on nine hits, while fanning six batters. Lehigh closer Nick Cassell picked up his fifth save of the season with 1.1 perfect innings pitched. Holy Cross junior starting pitcher Donny Murray (Walpole, Mass.) was charged with the loss (2-4), as he allowed five runs on eight hits in 1.1 innings pitched.

Barry led the Crusaders with a 3-for-3 performance from the plate with a double and a run scored. Perry batted 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs on the home run, while Ocello hit 2-for-4 with a run scored. Lehigh held the 11-9 advantage in total hits.

GAME 2: Lehigh 15, Holy Cross 3 

Lehigh's offense exploded in the second game, as it pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first inning to gain the 4-0 lead. The Mountain Hawks rallied in the bottom of the third frame with five runs to go on top 9-0. Holy Cross scored its first run of the game in the top of the fourth, as senior Brandon Cipolla (Abington, Mass.) hit a solo home run – his third of the season to make the score 9-1. The Crusaders scored another run in the fifth inning, as sophomore Bobby Indeglia (North Kingstown, R.I.) drove in Schlich on a RBI-single.

The Mountain Hawks, however, put the game out of reach with a six-run fifth inning to gain the 15-2 lead. The Crusaders added the final run of the game in the top of the eighth, as Barry singled through the left side to score St. Clair and make the score its final, 15-3.

Lehigh reliever Joey McNamara picked up the win (2-0), as he pitched 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts. Holy Cross senior starting pitcher Nate Walker (San Diego, Calif.) was charged with the loss (2-3), as he surrendered seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 2.0 innings pitched.

Cipolla and Schlich led the Crusaders in the second game with two hits apiece, as Lehigh held the 14-9 advantage in the hitting department.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, April 16, with a doubleheader at Brown set for 2:00 p.m.