Lehigh’s baseball team lost both games in Saturday’s doubleheader against Army on the first day of Patriot League play hosted by Bucknell University at Depew Field. The Black Knights shut out the Mountain Hawks 5-0 in the first game and won the second game 7-2.
Senior first baseman Connor Faust and junior second baseman Mike Garzillo led the Mountain Hawks in hits, both going 3-7. Garzillo also drove in one of the two runs in the second game.
The first game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when two Lehigh errors resulted in three runs for Army. The Black Knights scored their fourth run of the inning off a sacrifice fly.
Army scored its fifth run in the sixth, but junior relief pitcher Kevin Boswick was able to strand two Army players in scoring position.
Army starter Alex Robinett pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up only three hits, striking out six and walking one. Starting senior pitcher J.R. Edwards received the loss and one earned run.
The Black Knights scored their first run in the second game also in the fourth inning, but starting senior pitcher Nick Macaione was able to end the inning with three Army players on base. Army would go on to score another run in the fifth and two more in the next inning to give them a 4-0 lead after six.
After senior outfielder Justin Pacchioli’s leadoff triple, Garzillo drove in Lehigh’s first run of the day in the sixth. By the eighth inning, Army had a 7-1 lead.
Pacchioli’s single in the ninth brought Faust home to add another run to board, but Army was victorious 7-2.
Lehigh will have a chance to redeem itself in another doubleheader against Army today at noon and 2:30 p.m. The two Sunday games will finish out the teams’ four-game series at Bucknell’s Depew Field.