Senior catcher Tim McKay is at the plate for the Mountain Hawks in a game against College of the Holy Cross. McKay helped the team sweep the Crusaders on Saturday by batting three for eight with two RBI's in the two games (courtesy of Lehigh sports).

Baseball pulls together strong performance against PL leaders


Lehigh’s baseball team swept Patriot League leaders College of the Holy Cross in a doubleheader Saturday.

In the first game, the Mountain Hawks scored eight unanswered runs and won 9-8. Lehigh toppled Holy Cross in the evening game, as well, defeating the Crusaders 8-4. The wins improved Lehigh to 6-4 in the Patriot League.

Lehigh is now 6-4 in league play and has won five straight inter-league games. After Saturday’s losses, Holy Cross falls to 7-3 in league play.

In the first game, senior designated hitter Patrick Walshe hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to tie the game after the team was previously down 8-1. After this, junior relief pitcher Kevin Boswick pitched seven shutout innings. In the 11th inning, junior second baseman Mike Garzillo batted in the winning run on a single.

In the second game of the day, the Mountain Hawks hit and pitched well. They relied heavily on the pitching of seniors Nick Macaione and Jordan Smith. The Hawks also were able to get 12 hits while limiting the Holy Cross lineup to just four.

Offense was a huge part of the Hawks’ success throughout the whole day. There were eight players that batted runs in, and four of those hit two in. Seniors shortstop John Elson, first baseman Connor Faust and catcher Tim McKay and sophomore third baseman Patrick Donnelly all batted in two runs.

Elson scored five runs throughout both games, hitting four for eight throughout the day.

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