Lake Erie Gets First Win Over St. Francis To Close Florida Trip

Lindsay Pennell
Lindsay Pennell

KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (1-8) did not come up empty handed as it won the closing game of its Spring Break trip, 4-2, over St. Francis University at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.  Earlier in the day, the Storm fell to Missouri Baptist, 12-4 in six innings. 

Against St. Francis, sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) worked out of first inning jam and settled in as each team stranded three runners in the first three innings with the game remaining scoreless.  Lake Erie finally broke through in the top of the fourth for three runs as Sophomores Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison), Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) and Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) all singled to load the bases.  Senior first baseman Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) singled to right field to drive in Brotzman and Gratz and redshirt freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) added an infield single to bring in Haley. 

The Cougers finally got on the board in the fifth inning as they capitalized on a leadoff double but senior center fielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) got the run back in the sixth inning with a two out single to drive in Haley. 

Missouri Baptist answered back with a run in the bottom of the sixth to get within 4-2.  In the seventh, the Cougars brought the tying run to the plate with one out but Ondercin shut the door. 

Ondercin worked the complete game to pick up her first win of the season.  She allowed six hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. 

Klemp went three-for-four in the game with Gratz and Pennell each adding a pair of hits. 

Against Missouri Baptist,, Lake Erie fell behind early giving up four runs in the top of the first.  The Storm scored one in the bottom of the inning when senior MeganFoley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) drove in Klemp.  It was the Storm's last scoring until the sixth inning as they gave up three runs in the fourth and five in the sixth to fall behind 12-1.  In the sixth, Lake Erie scored three runs as senior third baseman Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) doubled in a run with the Storm's first extra base hit of the year.  Pennell also drove in a run in the inning. 

Foley was three-for-three in game one with a run scored and a RBI.   

Lake Erie kicks off the Northern part of its schedule Tuesday before playing four home doubleheaders this week.