PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College baseball team swept a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader against Walsh University Tuesday (April 12).
The Storm won game one 5-2 and game two 10-4.
The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard first, hitting a two-run homerun in the top of the first. The Storm put runners on first and second in the bottom of the frame but was unable to bring them home.
In the top of the fourth, the Cavaliers threatened to add one more but right fielder Ryan Grieco (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) robbed a homerun to keep the lead at two.
Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) and Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) earned walks to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Kody Bledsoe (Elyria, Ohio/Amherst Steele) hit a slow roller to third which scored Williams from second, cutting the gap in half.
In the top of the sixth, the Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out but David Lemasters (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) struck out the next two batters swinging to get out of the jam.
The Storm loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame off three walks. Austin Bovenzi (Fairport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) singled up the middle, bringing home Ben Szymczak (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and Bledsoe, giving the Storm a 3-2 lead. With the bases loaded, Lucas Raley (Medina, Ohio/Highland) doubled to right center, scoring Jake Csizmadia (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) and Bovenzi to extend the lead to three.
The Storm held onto the lead in the final inning for the win.
Lemasters pitched a complete game for the Storm, allowing two runs on five hits with 11 strikeouts in just seven innings.
Raley led the Storm offense with two hits and two RBI. Bledsoe and Bovenzi had a run and a hit apiece. Williams, Symczak and Csizmadia came across the plate.
The Cavaliers struck first once again, plating one in the top of the first. They increased the lead to two with a run in the second.
In the bottom of the second, Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) led off with a shot to deep left center, cutting the lead in half.
The Storm loaded the bases to lead off the third. Zak DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales) was walked, followed by Luebke being hit by pitch. Williams followed up with a well placed bunt to load the bases. Giddings singled to right field, bringing DeCamp home and tying the game. With the bases still loaded, Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) hit a grand slam to deep center, giving the Storm a four run lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Raley led off with a single. DeCamp earned a walk, followed by Luebke being hit by a pitch for the second time. With the bases loaded, Williams hit a ball that went through the second baseman's legs which scored Raley and DeCamp. Giddings followed up with a single, scoring Luebke from second. After Peterlin was walked, Williams scored on an error, bringing the lead to 10-3.
The Cavaliers added one run in the sixth but was unable to overcome the Storm's lead.
Russell Lamovec (Willoughby Hills, Ohio/Willoughby South) picked up the win for the Storm on the mound. He went five innings, giving up five hits and one earned run while striking out two. Matthew Fiorini (Schomberg, Ont./St. Maximilian Kolbe) pitched four innings of relief, allowing zero runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
Giddings led the Storm offense, going three-of-five with three RBI and two runs. Peterlin had a game-high four RBI. Damian Maglione (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) and Raley had two hits apiece.
The Storm is back in action Wednesday (April 13) at Ashland University.