CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Lake Erie won Saturday's opener and then had a four-game win streak snapped in a game-two collapse. The Storm drubbed Northwood (Mich.), 15-6, in game one, and fell, 9-8, in the night cap.
LEC posted season highs in runs and hits (14) in game one, the middle contest of a relocated, neutral-site Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against the Timberwolves (8-8, 1-2 GLIAC). In Saturday's second game, the Storm led, 8-2, heading into NU's final at-bat. But a water-torture comeback comprised of seven hits and a walk slowly pulled Northwood into an 8-8 tie. The nightcap went into extra innings and the Timberwolves prevailed, 9-8.
Freshman left fielder Lucas Raley exploded for seven hits on the day – including three doubles and five RBIs – but Lake Erie (10-8, 4-1) was forced to settle for a Saturday split on the team's final day in a "southern swing" that saw the Green & White sweep two games from the Ohio Dominican Panthers and take 2-of-3 against the Timberwolves.
The Storm pounded the baseball to the tune of a seven-run second inning in Saturday's first game. That big inning lifted LEC to an eventual 15 runs on 14 hits and eight walks. Lake Erie collected six doubles in the game, two off the bat of Raley, who went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.
Freshman reliever Christopher Tomshack would hold LEC's big early lead. He pitched four scoreless frames to close out the victory and put Lake Erie in a position to go 5-0 on the trip.
The second game was scoreless until LEC scored two in the top of the third. NU countered with a solo run, but the Storm would work their lead to 5-1 by the top of the sixth.
The Timberwolves then scored one in the sixth and six in the seventh to tie the game. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly won it for NU in the ninth. Brandon Grunda was tagged with seven runs on eight hits during the improbable Northwood rally.
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