West Chester downs Slippery Rock
Lehmen throws complete-game gem, five hits, one run
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- No. 13 West Chester’s Jordan Lehmen pitched a complete game, five-hitter in leading the Golden Rams to a 4-1 victory against Slippery Rock in the first round of the 2012 PSAC Baseball Tournament.
Lehman struck out seven batters while walking two and hitting one. He completed the game with 111 pitches. Josh Heyne went 2-for-2 with one RBI, and second baseman Joe Wendle went 2-for-3 with one RBI as well.
“(Lehman) changed speeds and pitched well to the corners. He didn’t make any mistakes out over the middle of the plate,” head coach Jad Prachniak said. “Getting a complete-game in game one allows our bullpen to stay fresh. That is huge and a good way to start the tournament.”
West Chester jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning when the Rams loaded the bases and Wendle was then hit by a pitch to drive in the first run. Chris Pula followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Pulford from third.
In the sixth, Slippery Rock cut the Rams’ lead to one with a run in the top half of the frame. However, Heyne hit a run-scoring single that plated Justin Lamborn in West Chester’s half to re-establish the two-run lead (3-1).
West Chester got the bats going again in the eighth when Wendle doubled to left-center and Pula followed with a single to left, moving Wendle to third. Lamborn’s sacrifice bunt scored Wendle.