PEPPER PIKE, OHIO - Lake Erie College (3-8) swept area rival Ursuline College, 3-2 and 4-1 at the UC Softball Field in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
The Storm has now won three straight games, their longest winning streak in four years as a member of NCAA Division II. Lake Erie last swept a doubleheader April 10, 2010 vs. West Liberty University.
In game one, Lake Erie jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) and freshman outfielder Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley) set the table and senior designated hitter Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Sophomore Julian Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) moved Dowen along with a single to right and sophomore second baseman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) followed suit to bring in the second run.
The Storm extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning as Foley led off with a single and Haley again did the damage with an RBI double. The Arrows scored to runs in the bottom of the third to cut their deficit to 3-2 and threatened to take the lead before sophomore pitcher Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) escaped a one out, bases loaded jam.
The next three innings turned into a pitcher's duel as lone Ursuline single was the only player to reach base on either side. Ondercin struck out the side in order in the sixth inning but a led to walk led to the Arrows putting the tying run on third base with just one out. The key play came as sophomore catcher Fayth Atkins (Holland, Ohio/Springfield) was able to tag out Ursuline's attempt to steal home and following a catcher's interference, Ondercin forced a pop out to end the game.
Ondercin worked a complete game for her second straight victory, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out six.
In game two, Ursuline struck first in the third inning as three base hits gave the home team a 1-0 lead. However in the fourth, Lake Erie evened the score as Foley led off the inning with a double and was brought in by a single from Brotzman. Foley proved key again an inning later as she brought in two runs with a two-out two run double. Senior Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) then drove in Foley with a single to right field for a 4-1 lead.
It proved to be all the support senior starter Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) needed as Ursuline did not seriously threaten again until the seventh inning. The Arrows brought the tying run to the plate with no outs before Ronde put three straight batters away, with a pair of strike outs.
Ronde worked a complete game to pick up her first win of the season, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out six.
The heart of Lake Erie's order had six of its eight hits as Foley, Heming and Brotzman each accounted for a pair.
Lake Erie will look to extend its winning streak tomorrow with its home opener in a doubleheader vs. Walsh University at 2:30 p.m.