Sostre Set Home Run Record but Storm Falls to Findlay

Brittany Sostre
Brittany Sostre

Senior third Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) hit her 11th home run of the season, setting a new Lake Erie College single season record, but the Storm (7-23, 0-14 GLIAC) dropped a pair of game to the University of Findlay, 7-5 and 5-0, at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville, Ohio.

In game one, Findlay plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but the Storm got one back in the bottom of the inning when senior third Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) knocked in junior shortstop Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland).  Findlay made up that run quickly with one of their own in the top of the second. 

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the third when Sostre struck again, this time with a two-run homer. Sostre also has 19 career home runs, also a Lake Erie record.

The score was still 3-3 in the fifth, when freshman Juliana Brotzman hit a solo home run to right, her second of the season.  However, with one out in the sixth, the Oilers got four straight hits accounting for three runs that would ultimately be the difference. 

Findlay scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh and it would ultimately keep the tying run from coming to the plate when junior outfielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) hit a solo home run down the left field line. 

Brotzman, Sostre, Rathge and freshman first baseman Jennifer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) all had two of Lake Erie's 10 hits, each in the first game. 

Much like Saturday's games, Findlay got off to a hot start in game two with a three-run first inning homer by Kara Hochevar.  Things settled in from there with no scoring until the bottom of the sixth inning.  In the process, freshman Sara Shields (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) was sharp on the mound striking out seven in five and a third innings, while allowing four runs (three earned).

Findlay plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and Lake Erie could not mount a rally with just two hits in the game, a Sostre doubled and sophomore Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) added an infield hit. 

Lake Erie is in action next on Monday when it travels to Edinboro for a non-conference doubleheader.