Storm Falls to Mercyhurst at Home

Photo by Aaron Rojas
Photo by Aaron Rojas

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College baseball team fell to Mercyhurst University 12-10 in a nonconference contest Wednesday in Painesville.

After the Lakers scored four in the top of the first, the Storm got the offense rolling. Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Sale) reached first safely on a fielder's choice.  Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) then got on base due to an error.  After Zac DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) earned a walk, Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) brought everyone home on a grand slam.

Kody Bledsoe (Elyria, Ohio/Amherst Steele) led off the second with a walk.  Raley and DeCamp followed up with back-to-back singles.  With the bases loaded, Lindgren was hit by a pitch, bringing one home. Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) then singled through the left side, bringing Raley and DeCamp home to give the Storm a 7-4 lead.

The Lakers plated eight straight runs before the Storm got back on the board.  In the bottom of the eighth, Raley reached second on an error and advanced to third on a DeCamp double.  Lindgren brought him home on a sac fly to cut the lead to four. DeCamp scored two batters later, cutting the lead to three heading into the final frame.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) was hit by a pitch.  Anthony Ortiz (Cleveland, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) pinch ran for him and scored on a Derek Turocy (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) bunt to cut the lead 12-10 but it was not enough to overcome the Laker lead.

Lindgren had six RBI on two hits.  Peterlin had two hits for two RBI.  Turocy also had a RBI.  DeCamp had three hits while Raley had two.  Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) and Luebke also had hits.

Raley and DeCamp crossed the plate three time apiece.  Bledsoe had two runs while Lindgren and Ortiz had one apiece.

The Storm is back in action this weekend for a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) series at Walsh University.

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