KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (2-1) picked up its second win in as many days as it defeated Chestnut Hill University, 8-4, at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Chestnut Hill struck first as the home team in the first inning for a run and the damage could have been worse as Lake Erie was able to get out of a bases loaded, one out jam with a pair of fielder's choices.
In the top of the second, Lake Erie used four walks to plate a run as freshman first baseman Jennifer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) won a 10-pitch battle to bring home junior catcher Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick). Chestnut Hill responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Storm struck back to knot the score at 2-2 in top of the third as freshman designated hitter Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) drove home freshman second baseman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland), who reached on a leadoff walk.
Lake Erie moved on top in the fourth with a pair of runs as junior shortstop Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) drove home senior outfielder Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire), who had reached on a triple. Finkler was then brought home on a RBI single from senior third baseman Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge).
The Griffins tacked on one run in the fifth but Lake Erie got the insurance runs they needed in the sixth, putting four on the board. The rally was capped by a single to right center from Brotzman, which brought in a pair. Chestnut Hill scored a run of their own in the sixth but could never get the tying run to the plate in the final two innings.
Finkler led Lake Erie's efforts at the plate, going three-for-three with a triple, walk and a pair of runs scored. Brotzman was two-of-three in the game with three runs batted in and Haley reached base four times with a single and three walks.
On the mound, freshman Amber Tagg (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Mayfield) saw her first career action and last two innings, allowing a pair of runs. Sophomore Lyndsie Delprato (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry relieved her and picked up the win, going three innings and allowing just one unearned run while striking out three. Junior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) closed out the final two innings and allowed one run while striking out three Griffins.
Lake Erie continues Rebel Game action today against Southern Indiana at 1:00 p.m.