LAKE ERIE (4-25, 1-17 GLIAC)
vs. FINDLAY (14-13, 6-10 GLIAC) -- Friday (3 p.m. DH), Bob Jones Field in Painesville, Ohio
vs. HILLSDALE (11-15, 5-11 GLIAC -- Saturday (1 p.m. DH), Bob Jones Field in Painesville, Ohio
Lake Erie returns to the friendly confines of Bob Jones Field where the team will host doubleheaders against Findlay and Hillsdale heading into a holiday weekend. The Storm are 1-3 at home this year -- that lone Painesville victory came on April 9 against Malone and it marked LEC's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win in over two years. The Storm's doubleheader on Saturday will be preceded by a Senior Day ceremony on the field. Lake Erie's four seniors -- Amanda Anderson, Hannah Francis, Jeniffer Gratz, Maddi Klemp -- will be recognized during that ceremony.
The Storm's opponents this weekend -- the Findlay Oilers and Hillsdale Chargers -- are cohabitants -- along with LEC -- in the GLIAC's second division. Findlay heads to Bob Jones Field having lost three straight games and 5-of-their-last-6. But the Oilers are still above .500 overall (14-13), and 7-of-their-last-10 losses have been by one or two runs. Hillsdale's trip to Painesville in part of a four-game trip to Northeast Ohio -- the Chargers will play at Walsh on Friday prior to their Saturday games at Lake Erie. Hillsdale has recently been on a bit of an upswing; the Chargers are 4-2 in their last six.
LEC is coming off a winless tour of Ohio Dominican and Tiffin last weekend. The Storm offense scuffled over four games against the Panthers and Dragons, averaging just 2.0 runs per contest.
DOUBLE-A START: SP Amanda Anderson twirled her finest outing of the season nine days ago in a 4-1 home win over Malone. Anderson went seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits. She also did some damage at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a double. ... In her last start -- April 13 vs. Tiffin -- Anderson tied a season-high with five strikeouts.
MISS CONSISTENT: 2B Hannah Francis notched her third multi-hit game of the season last Friday at ODU. Francis went 2-for-4 with a run scored and her sixth double of the season in LEC's second game against the Panthers. Francis has been ultra-consistent this year -- her batting average (currently at .288, 17-of-59) -- has hovered between .278 and .317 since late March. At second base, the Jefferson has committed just two errors all season and none over her last 43 chances.
(CON)GRATZ ON A NICE CAREER: 1B Jeniffer Gratz heads into the final few weeks of her career closing in on 100 career hits. Gratz has saved the best for last -- she is enjoying her finest season of four in Storm Green & White. She heads into the weekend batting .260 (95-of-366) over her career. This season the Richwood, Ohio, native is batting .318 (28-of-88) with six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs. She has a four-game hit streak going, and she homered in Lake Erie's last home game (April 10).
MADD SKILLS: CF Maddi Klemp is batting .333 (19-of-57) since starting her season off by going 3-for-22 at the plate. The senior speedster has nine stolen bases this season and 21 in her 96-game career. She is a .272 (79-of-290) career batter, and in 2014 her hits have come in bunches. She has garnered multiple hits in six games this season. Klemp has struck out just six times in 82 plate appearances this season.