Reed, Lott Lead Lake Erie in Split with Gannon

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (April 10, 2009) - Senior Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) and freshman Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) carried big sticks this afternoon, accounting for eight of the team's 19 total hits as Lake Erie College split with Gannon University, losing 9-2 and winning 9-3 in the first half of the weekend's four-game series.

In game one, Lake Erie outhit the Golden Knights 8-7, but unfortunately the team's run production didn't begin until late in the game, scoring its first run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Reed. The Storm scored its second and final run of the game in the seventh on an RBI double by pinch hitter Lott. Freshman Patrick Stantial (West Farmington, Ohio/Southington) went 3-for-3 with one run, a double and a stolen base. Reed went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

In game two, no scoring occurred for either team until a lead off home run by Reed in the fourth inning. Then a single by freshman Kyle Kemp (Spotsylvania, Va./James Monroe) followed by a two-run shot by Lott quickly made it 3-0 in favor of the green and white. Gannon scored its first run in the top of the fifth, but Lake Erie recorded a six-run, six hit bottom half of the inning to pull away even further. The hit parade included a single by sophomore Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), an RBI double by Reed, singles by Kemp and sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), a two-RBI double by senior John Shaposka (Mentor, Ohio/Cornerstone Christian) and another two-run blast by Lott.

Reed finished the game 3-for-3 with a run, two doubles and two RBIs to go along with his home run and Lott went 2-for-3 with two runs, two home runs and four RBIs. Kemp also went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

Freshman Glenn Stewart (Strattenville, Pa./Clarion Limestone) earned his second win of the season after five complete innings of work in which he struck out two, walked none and gave up only one earned run.

Lake Erie (6-21) hosts Gannon in a doubleheader at Braggs Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday.