May 10, 2014
Lehigh 6, Army 0
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Colin Gotzon threw into the ninth inning to help Lehigh beat Army, 6-0, Saturday afternoon in the opening game of a Patriot League semifinals series at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.
Lehigh now leads the best-of-three series 1-0 with the second game set for Saturday afternoon. A third game, if necessary, will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
Gotzon fired 8.1 innings, struck out 10, walked two and scattered four hits to win his fifth game of the season.
Army fell to 32-17, while Lehigh improved to 24-21.
Army starting pitcher Nick Dignacco was saddled with the loss. He threw seven innings, allowed two runs and scattered six hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Lehigh scored the game's first runs in the third inning. Tim McKay and Brandon Wilt both drew walks and Justin Pacchioli bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Mike Garzillo singled past a diving Kris Lindner to score McKay. With the bases load and no outs, Dignacco struck out the next three hitters as Lehigh led 1-0.
Army had base runners in each of the first three innings. Daniel Cortes singled in the first and Harold Earls singled and stole second in the second. In the third, Connor Love singled and two outs later Mark McCants walked. Jacob Page reached on an error to load the bases before a fly ball ended the inning.
Lehigh added to its lead in the seventh inning. Patrick Donnell led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a Brandon Wilt single for a 2-0 advantage.
In the Army eighth, McCants was hit by a pitch and Page singled before Gotzon tied his career-high with his ninth strikeout.
The Mountain Hawks tacked on four more runs in the ninth. Donnelly singled and Pacchioli was hit by a pitch. Donnelly scored on a double steal and Pacchioli took third on an overthrow. Garzillo singled to plate Pacchioli and a pair of throwing errors led to two more runs.
Gotzon picked up his 10th strikeout in the ninth. Alex Jensen was hit by a pitch one batter later and pinch hitter Grant Van Orden walked ending Gotzon's day. Nick Cassell struck out the first batter he faced and after allowing a single to Jon Crucitti, recorded a flyout to end the game.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its all white home uniforms ... Major Bryan Price served as the Officer Representative ... Prior to the game, Army's six all-league choices - first teamers Nick Dignacco and Gunnar Carroll and second team choices Jon Crucitti, Alex Jensen, Harold Earls and Mark McCants - were presented with their certificates.