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    Lehigh grads Lebo and Berger sign free agent baseball deals
    By Nick Fierro, OF THE MORNING CALL

    Two Lehigh University graduates have caught on with professional baseball franchises — Mike Lebo (Class of ’11) as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Andrew Berger (’10) as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants after a year in the Diamondbacks’ organization.Both pitchers will begin their seasons in the Arizona League.

    Lebo will begin with the Arizona League Diamondbacks. Berger will report to the Giants’ Arizona League complex for evaluation.

    Lehigh University "We are very proud of Mike and Andrew," Lehigh head coach Sean Leary said. "It’s great to see their hard work and perseverance pay off with opportunities to play professionally. They continue to be great representatives of Lehigh baseball. I know the Lehigh baseball family will be watching closely as they chase their dreams."

    "I am very excited to be back in affiliated ball," added Berger. "Nothing can be better than playing for the organization that I grew up rooting for."

    Berger impressed as a senior with the Mountain Hawks, going 5-2 with a 3.36 ERA and a team-high seven complete games. He allowed only 51 hits in 61.2 innings while striking out a team-high 42. Opponents hit only .230 against him.

    Lebo wrapped up his college career by going 3-3 with a 5.93 ERA in a team-high 41.0 innings this season. Down the stretch, he allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his five Patriot League starts, going at least five innings in all five starts. He allowed only two runs in 5.2 innings against eventual league champion Navy while allowing only two runs in 6.0 innings against runner-up Army.

    "Words can’t describe the feeling when I got the call," said Lebo. "It’s a dream come true to get a chance to play professional baseball."

    Berger and Lebo join former Lehigh standout Matt McBride in the professional ranks. McBride has enjoyed a stellar season for the Akron Aeroes (Double-A, Cleveland Indians), hitting .272 with a team-leading 12 home runs and 40 RBIs.

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