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Kilway's Career Game Helps Storm Gain Split at Charleston

Kilway's Career Game Helps Storm Gain Split at Charleston

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshman Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) had a career-high four hits and six runs batted in to lead the Lake Erie College baseball team to an 11-4 victory in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a split against the University of Charleston (W. Va.) Friday (April 9) at Appalachian Power Park.  The Golden Eagles won the first game in their last at-bat, 7-6.

Kilway had a three-run double during a five-run fifth inning, an RBI-single in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh as part of the Storm's (11-18) 16-hit attack. 

He was one of five Lake Erie players with two or more hits in the game.  Sophomores Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) and Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) each had three hits, with Vanni scoring twice and driving in two runs.

The offensive output was more than enough for freshman lefthander Tyler Minnich (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone), who earned his first collegiate victory.  Minnich(1-0) took a shutout into the fifth and allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.  He walked just one and struck out four, while two other runs scored on two-out errors. 

The win came after a back-and-forth battle went the Eagles' (12-16) way in the opener.  The Storm manufactured single runs in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead, but Charleston tied it up in the second and took a 3-2 lead in the third.  After Kilway singled in a run in the fourth to tie it, the Eagles answered back in the fifth to again go back on top.

Lott drove in a pair of runs with a single in the sixth to give LEC a 5-4 edge. But that lead would once again be short lived as Charleston came back with two runs in their half of the inning to retake the lead.

Lake Erie scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to tie it at 6-6, but Charleston loaded the bases with one out against Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst) and pushed across the winning run when the Storm could not turn a double play on a grounder to second.

Kilway had two hits and an RBI in the first game, finishing with six hits and seven driven in on the afternoon.  

The two teams conclude their three-game series on Saturday afternoon, April 10, at Power Park beginning at 1 p.m.