Softball Loses No Hitter Late, Pair of Games to Tiffin

Juliana Brotzman
Juliana Brotzman

Lake Erie College (7-19, 0-10 GLIAC) continued to come close to its first GLIAC victory but were turned back twice more, 2-0 and 8-5, by conference-leading Tiffin University (18-7, 9-1 GLIAC) at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville, Ohio.

 In game one, Lake Erie got an outstanding pitching performance from freshman Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside).  Ondercin carried a no hitter into the seventh inning, walking only a single batter in the first six frames. 

While the Storm had five hits in the first six innings, including a three-for-three with a double from freshman designated player Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison), they could not plate a run. 

Tiffin finally struck in the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff double and a two-run home run to center for first baseman Tiffany Smith. 

In game two, Lake Erie fell behind 2-0 after the first inning but finally got on the board in the top of the third when Brotzman doubled and was brought home on a ground out by junior shortstop Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland).  The Dragons plated one more in the bottom of the third but Lake Erie took its first lead on the day in the top of the fifth, when Pennell belted a home run to left center.   

Tiffin tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth on a Smith solo home run and broke through for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run long ball from Smith.  Lake Erie scored one run in the top of the seventh when Brotzman singled and pinch runner Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) stole second and scored on back-to-back wild pitches.  The Storm however, could not get the tying run to the plate. 

At the plate, Brotzman went three-for-three against in game two with a hit by pitch as well.  She was six-for-six on the day with three doubles, accounting for more than half of Lake Erie's 11 hits. 

The Storm is in action next on Wednesday as they travel to area GLIAC foe Ashland University at 3:30 p.m.