PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (24-20, 19-9 GLIAC) split a pair of contests against Saginaw Valley State University (22-20, 17-11 GLIAC) for the second straight day, taking game one 7-3 and falling late in game two, 6-5.
Lake Erie fell behind early in game one as Saginaw Valley scored three runs on four hits in the top of the second. The Storm went quietly in the first two innings but awoke in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Freshman Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Salle) started the rally off with a one-out single and after a walk by sophomore Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard (Fla.)/Lakeland CC) doubled in the pair in with a two-out drive to right center. Junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) was hit with the next pitch and it came back to haunt SVSU's Andrew Doyle when Lake Erie senior first baseman Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) drilled a three-run homer to center field to take a 5-3 lead.
The Storm added an unearned run in the fourth when senior Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led off with a walk and was brought in on a two-out infield single by classmate Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King). The Green and White made the score 7-3 in the fifth when Leeworthy grounded in Cacique who singled to lead off the inning.
After a rocky start, junior Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion), only allowed the second inning runs, working six innings including 1-2-3 efforts in the third and fifth. Beach scattered 10 hits as he pounded the strike thrown, striking out eight batters while not allowing a walk. Junior Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge), the winning pitcher in game one of the series yesterday, came on to seal the game in a non-save situation in the seventh, allowing one hit.
SVSU had an 11-6 advantage in the hits department in game one, but Lake Erie made the most of its opportunities. Cacique went two-for-three with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
In game two, the Cardinals again got out to an early advantage again in the top of the second with two runs, the first on an RBI single and the second off a squeeze bunt.
Again Lake Erie struck in the bottom of the third, this time for three runs. Sophomore Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) hit a two-run blast to right to tie the game, his first career home run. The inning continued as Matthews singled and was worked around before stealing home after a failed pickoff attempt by the Cardinals.
Lake Erie freshman starter Cory Fox (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) worked 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth innings and got out of the fifth with a groundball double play.
The Storm added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth, with Cacique roping a two-run homer to left center to give the Storm a 5-2 advantage. The Cardinals answered right back in the top of the sixth as Andy Orr hit a two-run shot to right center to knock Fox from the game.
Lake Erie went to freshman Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) who worked a scoreless sixth inning setting up Fox to close the game in the seventh. SVSU got a leadoff hit and put a second runner on with a hit by pitch with Lake Erie one strike away from victory. The Cardinals again were down to their final strike when Brandon Schwanz singled to drive in the tying run with the go-ahead run also scoring on the play after a throwing error. The Storm was unable to rally back in the bottom of the seventh, going down in order.
Cacique again had a multi-hit game, going two-for-three with two RBIs and a run scored.
The Storm are back in action for the final time at Braggs Field in 2012 as they host Ohio Dominican University Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for Senior Day.