LAKE ERIE (10-8, 4-1 GLIAC) vs. OHIO DOMINICAN (12-10, 2-3 GLIAC)
Lake Erie's first home game of the season will fit that bill by proxy only, as LEC hosts Ohio Dominican in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Thursday contest at Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio. The Storm (10-8, 4-1 GLIAC) head into Thursday's tilt off a 4-1 trip last week; that stretch began with a March 20 sweep of the Panthers (12-8, 2-3) in Columbus, Ohio.
For the Green & White, last week's 4-1 performance against ODU and Northwood (Mich.) represented a remarkable one-week turnaround. The Storm were outscored, 16-4, in four games at California (Pa.) in the previous week (March 15-16). In LEC's five games last week -- two in Columbus and three neutral-site games in Chillicothe, Ohio -- the Storm averaged 9.4 runs per game. Lake Erie got a pair of marvelous pitching performances against Ohio Dominican. Starters BRAD RALEY and BRIAN KILWAY each garnered complete-game wins against the Panthers on March 20. The duo combined to allow just three runs on 10 singles over 14 innings.
Ohio Dominican heads to Northeast Ohio after taking 2-of-3 from Ashland last weekend. Overall, the Panthers are 9-5 over their last 14 games. ODU pitching has been stellar -- the Panthers own a staff ERA of 2.87; that figure ranks first in the GLIAC and 23rd in the nation.
FROSH BAT GOES POW: On Monday Lake Erie freshman LF LUCAS RALEY was named GLIAC Player of the Week for games the week of March 17. In five games last week – all against GLIAC foes -- Raley batted .591 (13-of-22) with four doubles and seven RBIs. The Hinckley, Ohio, native had multiple hits in 4-of-5 games on the week, and he scored nine runs as the lead cog in a Storm offense that averaged 9.4 runs per game against Ohio Dominican and Northwood (Mich.). ... On the season, Raley is slugging .547, a figure that ranks second among GLIAC batters with more than 50 at-bats. He owns a .359 (23-of-64) batting average and has garnered four doubles, a triple and two home runs – along with 14 RBIs – on his early-season box scores. ... Raley is the first LEC position player to be tabbed as the circuit's Player of the Week since RYAN RUA (2009-11) in March of 2011. He is the first GLIAC freshman to earn the weekly nod since 2012.
THE CHILLICOTHE MARATHON: In last Saturday's opener in a twin bill against Northwood, Lake Erie played a three-hour-and-two minute game, its longest of the season. The record didn't last long -- the LEC-NU nightcap that afternoon went into extra innings and clocked in at 3:10.
HIT MAN: Panther OF JOSSUE DELGADO heads into Thursday's contest on a 13-game hitting streak. The senior from Barinas, Venezuela, is batting .383 (18-of-47) over that stretch. Delgado was a Second Team All-GLIAC selection last year when he batted .325 (41-of-128) with 12 extra-base hits.
LEADING MEN: For the season Lake Erie batters own a .390 OBP when leading off an inning. In last weekend's Northwood series, the Storm posted a .440 mark in such situations. 2B JOSH HUDECK (.417 OBP), Lucas Raley (.438) and C DYLAN YANKLE (.438) are LEC's leaders in getting on base to start an inning.
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