LEC falters in finale

LEC falters in finale

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie closed out its 2014 season by being swept by Walsh in a Sunday-afternoon Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bob Jones Field.

Walsh (28-17, 15-9 GLIAC) won by scores of 6-3 and 6-4. Lake Erie (5-34, 1-25) let a 4-0 lead slip away in the nightcap.

Hannah Shevenell had three hits and four RBIs over the two games.

Game 1
Walsh scored a run on three hits in inning No. 1, and that would be the lone run of the game until the fifth. Starters Amanda Anderson and Casi Rohr hung zeroes in a pitcher's duel until the Cavaliers exploded for five runs in the fifth. WU batted around in that fifth, chasing starter Amanda Anderson in the process. The Cavaliers had three singles, two doubles and two walks in plating the five runs.

Lake Erie got two runs of its own in the fifth when freshman Hannah Shevenell hit her second collegiate home run. LEC would get one more in the sixth, but that would close out the game's scoring.

The Storm outhit the Cavaliers, 9-8, in the game but couldn't match WU's clutch hitting – the Cavaliers went 4-of-8 with runners in scoring position.

Game 2
Katarina Davis was in the circle for game two, and Davis was staked to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when LEC sent eight to the plate, getting four singles and a double. The double was off the bat of Shevenell, who would finish the day 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

Davis was strong through four innings, but a Storm error on the first at-bat of the Walsh fifth would prove to be the beginning of a big inning for the visitors. Two batters later the Cavaliers started a string of five straight batters reaching base. Before the inning had ended the Cavaliers had scored four to tie the game, 4-4.

The Lake Erie offense struggled mightily after its four-run second. Reliever Marissa Bondini at one point retired 10 in a row, and in her 5-2/3 innings of relief Bondini did not yield a base hit. That performance set Walsh up for the win.

WU scored its go-ahead runs on an error, a walk and a double in the bottom of the sixth. LEC had three errors in the game, and the Cavaliers once again went 4-of-8 with runners in scoring position.

Elizabeth Karako and Lindsay Valvoda each had three hits on the day. Valvoda finished the season with a team-best batting line of .325/.372/.508 (batting/on-base/slugging).
  

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