PAINESVILLE, Ohio (March 20, 2009) - Lake Erie College was almost victorious against one of the toughest teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), going into extra innings in game one, losing to Findlay, 5-4 before dropping the second game, 11-3.
As a recent applicant to join the GLIAC, Lake Erie's Friday meeting with the Oilers could turn out to be the first of many upcoming battles in the not-so-distant future. The Storm fell behind 4-0 in the first game of the afternoon before scoring all four of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lake Erie had three hits in its at bat, including singles by freshman catcher Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), senior first baseman Brittney Binko (Warren, Ohio/John F. Kennedy) and freshman center fielder Haley Rathge (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon). Neither team scored in the seventh inning, putting the international tiebreaker rule into effect in the eighth. Findlay scored on a one-out single before Lake Erie had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. The Storm placed sophomore third baseman Britt'nie Bartow (Stow, Ohio/Stow) on second to start the inning. A single by Foley moved Bartow to third before Foley stole second. A ground out kept both runners in place and caused a pitching change. A strike out for two outs, followed by a walk to load the bases for the Storm produced serious optimism for not only a tie, but perhaps a win on the next at bat. Lake Erie came up empty-handed with a strikeout, finishing the game with four hits. Foley went 2-for-3 with a run and Rathge had a team-leading two RBIs.
In game two action, the Storm had a rough second inning, allowing the Oilers nine runs on nine hits with one error. Lake Erie scored two runs in the bottom of the inning on three hits, then earned its final run in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called. Lake Erie totaled five hits in the contest. Bartow went 2-for-3 with two doubles and freshman Lindey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) had a double.
Lake Erie (2-15) remains at home Sunday for a double header against Ashland at 1 p.m.