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Tamaqua grad Rother is enjoying stellar baseball season at Lehigh

Former Tamaqua standout Casey Rother has been a tough out for the Lehigh University baseball team so far this season.

In Wednesday’s 18-6 loss to La Salle, the junior went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. With his trio of base hits, Rother extended his reached base streak to 21 straight games.

Rother’s .358 batting average, .558 slugging percentage, 1.018 OPS and .460 on-base percentage all lead the team this season. He is tied for the team lead with four home runs and 21 RBIs, and second in walks (14), hits (34) and runs (21), in addition to five doubles and one triple.

Rother, who has started 25 games this year, had a season-high four hits and three runs scored on March 14 against Bucknell. He drove in five runs and had two homers on Feb. 27 against Coppin State.

As a sophomore, Rother saw action in 15 games, including 14 starts and tied for the team lead in home runs (two) and led the team in RBIs (10), total bases (27), triples (2), slugging percentage (.500) and was fourth in batting average (.278) and second in OPS (.822). He was also named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

In his freshman season, Rother made 32 appearances including 30 starts, primarily at designated hitter and occasionally at catcher and earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.

The Mountain Hawks (14-12) return to J. David Walker Field at Legacy Park on Saturday for a Patriot League doubleheader against Bucknell starting at noon.