PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College baseball team fell to Northwood University, 7-2, in the final regular season game Sunday (May 5) on Senior Recognition Day at Braggs Field. The loss snapped the Storm's four-game winning streak.
The loss did not affect the season standings, since the Storm (17-28, 14-18 GLIAC) clinched a spot in this coming week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament yesterday thanks to their doubleheader sweep. Lake Erie finished the season by winning six of its last eight games.
Looking to end a disappointing season on a positive note, Northwood (17-26, 12-19 GLIAC) took advantage of a Storm error to score two unearned runs in the first and another in the third to take an early 3-0 lead.
An Andrew Fleming RBI single and a double steal made it 5-0 in the fourth and Eric Altman, who had four hits in the game, scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to make the score 6-0.
Senior Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine), who doubled in the third, got the Storm on the scoreboard in the fifth with a two-run home run to center, his first of the season.
Lake Erie loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth and again with one out in the eighth, but was unable to push any runs across either time against reliever Andrew Joseph.
Fleming had another RBI single in the seventh for a 7-2 lead.
Mosbarger also singled and walked twice, reaching base five times in the contest.
Altman wnet 4-for-5 to lead the Timberwolves while Fleming and Jake Oard each had three hits. Oard and Dustin Lee each scored twice.
Jordan Snider (3-3) went five innings for the win in his final college game. He gave up just the two runs on four hits, working around six walks. Joseph earned his first save by throwing four shutout innings in relief. He walked one and allowed three hits while striking out four.
Lake Erie used eighth pitchers in the game. Senior Logan Nordquist (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) started and went the first two innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with three strike outs and took the loss. Classmates Tyler Minnich (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) and Pat Sinko (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) each threw a scoreless inning, as did sophomore Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).
The Storm, who earned the sixth seed in the GLIAC Playoffs, will play top seed Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, May 8, in an opening round game at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich.