Spring forward: warm weather, twin wins for LEC on Saturday

Spring forward: warm weather, twin wins for LEC on Saturday

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie swept Tiffin in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday.

Storm pitching led the way, with LEC allowing just four runs over the two contests, Lake Erie won by scores of 4-3 and 5-1.

In the opener, Lake Erie (17-14, 11-7 GLIAC) won via a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the second game, right-hander Brian Kilway took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The end result was a sweep, and that has the Storm now having won five of its last six.

Tiffin (9-24, 8-8) went into Saturday over .500 in GLIAC play.

Game 1
Right-hander Brad Raley started for Lake Erie and was touched up for a pair of runs in the Tiffin second. But LEC countered with two in the bottom of the third to tie the score, 2-2.

The Dragons reclaimed the lead, 3-2, with a solo marker in the fifth. TU starter Logan Sendelbach held LEC to the two runs until the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Lindgren knotted the score with a solo home run to dead-center.

With the score tied 3-3, D.J. Statsny came on relief of Raley and tossed a scoreless seventh.  Lake Erie plated its walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh when Lou Peterlin got aboard with one out and eventually scored on a two-out single by Sean Mathews.

Lake Erie outhit the Dragons, 8-5, in the game and the two teams combined to commit five errors (TU 3, LEC 2). The Storm went 3-of-7 with runners in scoring position.

Game 2
 
Brian Kilway allowed base runners in each of the first four hits of the nightcap. But only one got as far as second base, and none scored. So, when Lake Erie put three hits and two TU errors together for four runs in the third, the Storm found itself up, 4-0. Zack DeCamp and Aaron Lindgren had RBI hits in the inning; Lindgren's came in the form of a two-run double.

Staked to that 4-0 lead, Kilway allowed just a walk in the fourth and then dispatched the Dragons, one-two-three, in the fifth.

A towering home run by Lucas Raley lifted the Storm's lead to five in the bottom of the fifth.

Kilway walked a man in a scoreless fifth. He gave up a leadoff single – TU's first hit of the game – leading off the seventh. He also yielded a walk and an RBI single in the inning but closed out his own victory in garnering his second complete game of the season.

Garrett Emling went 3-for-3 in the nightcap. LEC outhit Tiffin, 10-2. With Lindgren's home run in the opener and Raley's shot in the second game, Lake Erie has now homered in four straight games.

More importantly, the Storm have won five of their last six, and through mid-April fin themselves four games over .500 (11-7) in circuit play.


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