WIILIAMSTON, N.C. – The Lake Erie College baseball team closed out the three game series with the Millersville University Marauders on Sunday (Feb. 25).
The Storm used a six-run rally in the eighth inning to win the finale 8-5.
"I'm definitely happy with the way we played today, our bullpen was terrific in keeping us within striking distance. Kept us close enough so that we could open it up a bit late and still have a cushion going to the last inning," said Storm head coach Cameron Castro.
Millersville gained a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning.
Lake Erie opened the second inning with a walk and single from Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) and Corbin Paxton (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview), respectively. Both runners moved into scoring position with a wild pitch before Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) doubled home a pair. The Storm took a 2-1 lead.
The Marauders added a run in the third, fourth and sixth innings, taking a 4-2 lead with three innings to go.
Longeway walked and stole second base to begin the eighth inning. Blake Curry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton) singled, moving Longeway to third base. Longeway scored when Brady Minetti (Mckees Rocks, Pa. / Montour) reached on an error. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) and Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina) both drove in a run with a RBI single each. Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) hit a three-run homerun, capping a six-run inning as Lake Erie led 8-4.
Millersville scored once more in the ninth inning, but the Storm won the game 8-5.
Paxton had three hits for the Storm as Peterson had two hits. Six other players had a hit while eight different players scored a run.
Evan Layne (Brooklyn. N.Y. / Telecommunications) made the start and allowed three runs (one earned) in three innings with five strikeouts. Nick Dejesus (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele) threw two scoreless innings of relief. Brad Curry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton) got the win with two innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.
"Before the game we talked about being a fun team to watch today, playing hardnosed Lake Erie brand baseball. And that's just what we did. It's always been an emphasis in this program, and it will continue to be," closed Castro.
Lake Erie will continue the road trip with a single game at Mars Hill on Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 2:00 PM.