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Finkler Hits Grand Slam, But Storm Falls in Sweep

Finkler Hits Grand Slam, But Storm Falls in Sweep

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The Lake Erie softball team’s fast start to Tuesday’s (April 6) doubleheader at Slippery Rock was not enough to pick up a victory as the Storm fell, 10-8 and 8-0, to the Rock.  

The Storm (6-24) got a huge boost from Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) in the first inning of the opener. The Storm loaded the bases with one out for the junior right fielder, who slugged a grand slam to right center giving Lake Erie a 4-0 lead.
 
After the Rock (18-13) bounced back with a pair in the bottom of the first off Lake Erie starter Pam Bykowski (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Armstrong Atlantic), the Storm regained its four-run lead in the second inning on a two-run single by freshman left fielder Erica Tanski (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside).
 
SRU's Jessica Kortz made it 6-4 in the bottom of the second with a two-run single and the Rock tacked on another run in the third to make it 6-5.
 
Kortz also supplied two-run homers in the fourth and sixth innings to finish with six RBI in the first game.
 
Sophomore first baseman Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) drove in a run with an RBI single in the sixth inning that trimmed the Rock’s lead to tie the game at 7-7, but Kortz’s homer in the sixth to go with a Shardea Croes RBI rip gave Slippery Rock a 10-7 lead heading into the seventh.
 
Sophomore center fielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) had a two-out run-scoring single in the last inning, but the Storm’s rally was stopped Shaylee Ianno, who pitched the last five innings for SRU.
 
Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) took the loss for the Storm, working the last three innings of the game. Slippery Rock starter Shauna Walker improved to 9-2 with the win.
 
Pennell finished 3-for-4 with two runs, while Finkler had two hits, two runs and four RBI. Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) had two hits out of the leadoff spot for the Storm.
 
The Storm was only able to manage one hit in the second game – a Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) single to center in the fourth inning – off Slippery Rock pitcher Lindsey Grace.
 
The Storm drew three walks off Grace, but could not scratch out a run while Slippery Rock’s offense scored runs in four of the five innings to get the 8-0 win.
 
Starter Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) took the loss for the Storm, working three innings.
 
The Storm will look to bounce back on Wednesday (April 7) afternoon at Slattery Field where Lake Erie will host future GLIAC foe Tiffin at 3 p.m.