Storm Drops Two at NKU

BOXSCORE GAME 1
BOXSCORE GAME 2 

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie baseball team scored six times in the first inning and led 10-1 in game one of a doubleheader at Northern Kentucky on Thursday (March 18) afternoon, but the Storm surrendered 10 unanswered runs in the final three innings in its 11-10 loss to the Norse. Lake Erie dropped game two to No. 27 NKU, 11-4.
 
The Storm dropped its record to 4-6 while the Norse improved to 13-5 with the wins.
 
Lake Erie used a huge first inning to jump to a 6-0 lead. Nick Lovick’s (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) RBI knock scored Zachary Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine), who walked to start the inning. Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) followed with an RBI single and, with the bases loaded, Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) ripped a two-run double down the left-field line. Mike Morgan’s (Indian Lake, Ohio/Russells Point) RBI groundout and a Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) run-scoring single to center made it 6-0. Lake Erie sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
 
The Norse scored once in the bottom of the first, but the Storm earned the run back in the second with help from NKU’s defense. Lovick doubled with one down and moved to third on a James single. Lovick scored on a throwing error by Norse third baseman Jake Morris.
 
Lake Erie took a 9-1 lead in the fourth inning on Lovick’s two-run blast to left that also scored Rua, who singled.
 
The Storm made it 10-1 in the fifth after Vanni was hit by a pitch and scored on Matt Toth’s (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) triple.
 
Things started to unravel from there, however, as the Norse started to get its offense going. They scored five times in the fifth inning, highlighted with a two-run double by Brian Erie. Northern Kentucky made it 10-8 on a double by Patrick Muth and Evan McDole slugged a two-run shot to cap the comeback and tie the game at 10-10.
 
Muth’s one-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh sent the Norse to a walk-off win in game one.
 
Morgan, who came on in the sixth inning, took the loss for Lake Erie and Kevin Jordan picked up his third win of the season for Northern Kentucky.
 
Lovick led the offense with three hits, three RBI and three runs. Rua, Toth and James had two hits apiece for the Storm.
 
The Norse took a 4-0 lead in the second off Lake Erie starter Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) in game two and the Storm was not able to climb back.
 
The Storm scored a single run in the fourth inning as Justin Rebhun (Rensselaer, N.Y./Columbia) walked and scored on a James double to right-center.
 
Northern Kentucky scored seven more times in its next three trips to the plate to put the game out of reach, though the Storm did add a single run in the fifth and a pair of runs in the seventh, the latter coming on a two-run single by Toth.
 
Fox took the loss for Lake Erie, while Jim Ryan earned the win for the Norse. Josh Blaum picked up his first save, tossing the final three innings.
 
Offensively, Mosbarger was the only Storm player with two hits and Cody Blood (Cleveland, Ohio/John Marshall) scored two runs.
 
The Storm will play a double-header at 1 p.m. against Malone in Urbana on Saturday (March 20) and will play the host Blue Knights on Sunday (March 21) at 12 p.m.