Foley Blasts Two Homers In Opener, But Storm Drops Pair at Home to ODU

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Seven was unlucky for the Lake Erie College softball team on Wednesday (March 17) as the Storm surrendered seven runs in both games of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Ohio Dominican University at Slattery Field. Despite some big hits by the Storm's catcher, The Panthers won by the opener 7-3 and then rallied for a 7-5 win in game two.
With the two losses, Lake Erie falls to 3-11 on the season. ODU improves to 7-12.
In game one, Ohio Dominican jumped out to a 7-0 lead through three innings, highlighted by a four-run second inning. Jennifer Baker’s double and Samantha Wolfe’s single each brought in two runs in that second inning as the Panthers appeared on their way to an easy win.
But the Storm battled back, closing the lead to 7-3 on a pair of home runs by sophomore catcher Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick). Foley drilled a solo shot in the fourth and then clobbered a two run bomb in the sixth to tie the school single-game record shared by fourth others. 
Lake Erie loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Shana Etter got Foley, the potential tying run, to hit a sharp liner back to the mound for the final out. 
Foley and junior Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) each had two hits for Lake Erie in the opener. Baker went four-for-four with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the ODU attack.
Maria Staton picked up the win for the Panthers in the circle, tossing six innings. She allowed three runs- two earned- on six hits without walking a batter. She struck out four. Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) suffered the defeat, falling to 1-4. She surrendered seven runs- four earned- on eight hits in four innings. 
In game two, it was Lake Erie who jumped out to the big lead, taking a 5-0 lead after three innings. The Storm scored twice in the second on a throwing error and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) and then added three in the third on Jamie Wodecki’s (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) grounder and a two-run single by Rathge to chase ODU starter Etter.
Staked to the big lead, starter Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) cruised through the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth.   Wolfe had a bases-loaded double that scored three and after Chelsea Archer’s RBI hit ended Malicki’s (1-4) day, Muriel Kelley hit a three-run double off of reliever Lyndsie Delprato (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) to take the lead.
The Storm’s offense meanwhile, was shut down by Panther reliever  Erica Sutter, who allowed just one hit in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to even her record at 3-3.
Rathge went two-for-two with three RBI to lead LEC and sophomore Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) also had two hits.
The Storm is on the road this weekend, traveling to the University of Findlay on Friday, March 19, and Clarion University on Saturday, March 20.