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Baseball Falls at Lehigh, 4-3, in 10 Innings
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/29/2011

March 29, 2011

Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team fell in extra innings on Tuesday afternoon as Lehigh's Brendan Pifer hit a single back up the middle with the bases loaded in the 10th to give the Mountain Hawks the 4-3 win in a Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal.

Saint Joseph's (9-15) rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth as Cody Silverman hit a pop fly that was dropped by third baseman Ryan Gajdos and allowed Chris Hueth to score the tying run.

Lehigh (14-8) drew first blood in the bottom of the second as Kevin Mihalik and Logan Winchester led off with back-to-back doubles to give the Mountain Hawks the early edge.

The Hawks answered in the fourth as Hueth was hit by a pitch before Mike Plakis bent his first home run of the season around the right field foul pole to give SJU a 2-1 lead.

It would remain a one-run Crimson and Gray advantage until the bottom of the seventh, when Lehigh scored a pair of unearned runs with two outs to nose ahead, 3-2.

In the ninth, Hueth legged out an infield hit before advancing to second on a one-out grounder. With two away, Silverman stepped to the plate and lofted a high fly ball that was misplayed by Gajdos and allowed Hueth to score standing up and send the game to extra frames.

In the 10th, an infield single and a pair of fielder's choice sacrifices left the bases loaded for Pifer, who laced a single through the drawn-in infield to end the game.

Mike Burke earned the win for Lehigh, working five innings of relief and allowing one run on just two hits and one walk. Ryan Kemp took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.

The Hawks will be back in action on Friday at George Washington. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. from Barcroft Park.