April 04, 2018
By: Erica Rose
Well it has been an up and down season (to say the least) to start for the Lehigh baseball team, which currently sits 11-15 overall, 1-5 in the Patriot League. But, that was partially expected as the Mountain Hawks had several gaps to fill after last year. However, one position that did not have question marks was the pitching. Lehigh boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the Patriot League last year and was hopeful for an even better campaign in 2018. Well, so far that hasn’t necessarily been the case, but let’s focus on the positives, and one highlight in particular that happened in the home opener.
On March 28 the Mountain Hawks welcomed in Saint Peters University, now I realize that the Peacocks are winless on the year, but sometimes that can bring out a lesser performance by their competitor. That, however, was not the case for Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks not only took advantage with their bats, putting together one of their best offensive performances; but also pitched a stellar performance. So stellar, that the defense did not allow a single hit the entire game. Freshmen Peter Woltersdorf and Matt Svanson combined for the no-hitter, the first for Lehigh since February 28, 2015. The duo are the first freshmen pitchers to record a no-hitter in program history. They also did not allow a ball out of the infield and did not allow the Peacocks to advance a runner to second base.
Since that performance the Mountain Hawks have gone 0-3 being swept by Holy Cross over the weekend. However, baseball is a long season and Patriot League play is just getting started. It is also a positive sign that we have seen glimpses of just how good the Mountain Hawks can be.