Seven-Run Seventh by Storm Stuns the Rock in Game Two, Sets School Record for Wins

Seven-Run Seventh by Storm Stuns the Rock in Game Two, Sets School Record for Wins
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Through 13 innings Saturday (April 24), it looked like a long night for the Lake Erie College baseball team at Slippery Rock. But the Storm rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning of game two – getting just two hits in the process – for an improbable 10-9 come-from-behind victory at Jack Critchfield Park to earn a split in the series' first two games.
The win was the team's 18th of the season, breaking the school record for wins set by the 2008 team.
After losing game one, 12-2, the Storm (18-25) looked like it was headed towards another sound defeat. Lake Erie trailed 8-1 heading into the sixth inning before scoring two unearned runs, aided by a hit batsman and a dropped fly ball, on a single by sophomore Mike Morgan (Indian Lakes, Ohio/Russells Point) and a bases-loaded walk by freshman Justin Rebhun (Rensselaer, N.Y./Columbia)
The Rock (24-21) got a run back in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-3 lead into the seventh.
That's when things got crazy. Sophomore Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst) singled to start the inning off reliever Justin Thomas and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a walk, junior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) singled home Rua. Freshman Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmdge) was hit by a pitch to load the bases and another wild pitch allowed junior Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) to score, making it 9-5 with nobody out.
 Thomas got the next two hitters and looked on the verge of escaping the jam. Pinch hitter Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) hit a grounder to third that was misplayed by Jamison Walk and allowed two more runs to score.
Following a walk, Colin McCoy (1-1) entered the game for Slippery Rock and promptly uncorked a wild pitch and then walked a batter, loading the bases for Rua. He sent a ball to center field, but the potential game-ended was dropped by Matt Howard, allowing all three runners to score and giving the Storm a 10-9 lead.
Lake Erie's seven-run seventh featured a hit batsman, two singles, two errors, three walks and three wild pitches.
Sophomore J.D. Ingalls (Madison, Ohio/Madison) pitched a perfect ninth, including a pair of strikeouts, to save it for classmate Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic). Lott (1-0) allowed a run on two hits in two innings of relief, striking out four.
Morgan had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the Lake Erie attack, while James and sophomore Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) also had two hits.    
Before making that error in the ninth, Howard had a solid game at the plate, driving in three runs with three hits. Carter Haponski also had three hits.
In the opener, Slippery Rock jumped out to a 12-0 lead after four innings behind three RBI each from Mitchell Monas and Matt Kosik and cruised to the lopsided win. The only offense mounted by Lake Erie came in the sixth when sophomore Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and freshman Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) drove in runs.
Four players had multiple hits for the Rock, which had 14 total, to back starter George Hebert's (6-1) four scoreless innings on the mound.   
The two teams will play a single nine-innng game on Sunday, April 25, starting at noon.
-LEC-