April 17, 2002
Poughkeepsie, NY - Marist scored five times in the bottom half of the second inning, and Lehigh was unable to recover as the Red Foxes defeated the Mountain Hawks by a 9-4 score on Wednesday afternoon. The loss snapped a four-game Lehigh winning streak, and dropped the Mountain Hawks' record to 20-14-1 overall (5-3 Patriot League). Marist improves to 20-9 on the season, scoring nine times despite having only five hits in the game.
The Red Foxes broke the game open in their second at-bat, plating five runs while collecting only one hit. All five runs came after there were two outs in the inning, thanks to three hit batters, three walks, and three wild pitches in the inning. The only Marist hit in the frame was a costly one, Joey Salazar belted a bases-clearing triple, driving in three runs. All five runs were charged to Lehigh starter Kyle Stawicki (1-1), who was tagged with the loss. Marist added a three-spot in the fourth inning to secure the win.
Offensively, Lehigh was led by third baseman Jesse Novalis and second baseman Eric Hoffman, who each hit solo home runs. Overall, Lehigh out-hit Marist 9-5 in the game.
The Mountain Hawks resume Patriot League play this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Holy Cross. Action gets underway on Saturday beginning at noon at Lehigh's Goodman Field.