NASHVILLE- The Lake Erie College Storm baseball team took their second G-MAC series this afternoon against the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans (10-11, 4-4) with final scores of 4-3 and a 16-12 loss. With the TNU series in the books, the Storm takes over the second-overall place in the conference.
Trace Peterson put the Storm up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, hitting an RBI triple and then scoring on a passed ball.
In the top of the third, the Trojans scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch, followed by a two-RBI double giving the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
Nathan Ezren led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Forrest Longeway bunted to move Ezren to second. However, an errant throw caused not only Longeway to be safe, but it advanced both runners into scoring position. The Trojans intentionally walked Sam Browning (Brady Minetti pinch ran), and Nathan Birtley hit an RBI single with bases loaded to tie the game up, 3-3. Caleb Waller drew a walk to win the game for the Storm in walk-off fashion, with a final score of 4-3.
Evan Layne pitched a complete game for the Storm, allowing three runs on two hits and six walks. The senior southpaw dominated, earning 13 strikeouts, and put him at 2-3 so far this season with the win.
The Trojans went 1-2-3 at the plate in the top of the second, and hitting parade continued for the Storm when they scored five more. Nathan Birtley scored on a Trevecca throwing error, Nathan Ezren hit a three-run home run, and Forrest Longeway hit an RBI single, which put the Storm up 10-0 heading into the third inning.
The Storm defense had an uneventful top half and then added one at the plate in the bottom of the third when Jackson hit an RBI single.
Trevecca chipped away in the fourth, scoring six runs on six hits in the top half of the inning.
The Storm answered when Anthony Jackson homered in the bottom of the fifth, putting the Storm up 12-6.
The Trojans fought back. Back-to-back-to-back extra-base hits, consisting of two home runs and a double, allowed the Trojans to score four runs and put the Trojans within two of the Storm. A single up the middle and then a walk put runners in scoring position for a two-RBI double, which tied the game heading into the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, the Trojans struck again with another pair of home runs and managed to score two additional runs to extend their lead to four. Although the Storm threatened with runners in scoring position in the bottom halves of innings eight and nine, the Storm fell in the final game of the Series.
You can read about games one and two against Trevecca here.
The Storm returns to Ohio for their home opener in a non-conference matchup against the California University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Mar. 26. They are scheduled to play a double-header.