Storm Suffers First Loss, Falls on the Road at Pfeiffer


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Pfeiffer College scored five runs in the third inning and then took advantage of five errors by the Lake Erie College baseball team – including four in a seven-run eighth- and sent the Storm to its first loss, 14-3, in Misenhemer, N.C. on Monday afternoon (March 1).
The Falcons (9-10) broke open a scoreless game with five two-out runs in the third inning, with the big blow a three-run home run by Eric Shoemaker off of sophomore Pat Mulligan (Brookfield, Ohio/Brookfield).
The Storm (1-1) got on the board in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by freshman outfielder Michael Brucchieri (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick). After Pfeiffer added two more runs in the bottom half of that inning, Lake Erie responded with two of its own in the fifth with sophomores Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) and Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) each driving in runs.
Neither team pushed another run across until the bottom of the eighth when several Storm miscues in the field resulted in the Falcons lead going from four to 11. Only three of the seven runs were earned and Pfeiffer had just four hits in the frame.
Sophomore Mike Morgan (Indian Lake, Ohio/Russells Point) continued his hot hitting with two hits in four at-bats. Mulligan (0-1) allowed six runs on eight its in 3 1/3 innings.
Jacob Moore (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Falcons. Preston Lyon went four-for-five at the plate and both he and Shoemaker drove in four runs to pace Pfeiffer.
The Storm’s spring break trip continues on Tuesday, March 2, with a doubleheader at Wingate University beginning at 2 p.m.