KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (0-3) saw its bats go quiet, falling to the University of Minnesota Duluth (9-8), 6-0, and Caldwell College (4-0), 8-0, on day two of itsspring break trip to the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Against Minnesota Duluth, the game began as a pitcher's duel as Lake Erie senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) matched up with UMD's Megan Mullen. The game was scoreless through four innings as Ronde allowed baserunners in each inning prior to having two outs but worked out of it each time. Mullen overmatched the Storm at times with nine strikeouts in the first four innings but the Storm did have two chances in the first five innings. In the third, sophomore first baseman Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) led off with a single and advanced to third on an infield single by redshirt freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) and a UMD throwing error but Mullen got out of the jam with a strikeout. In the fifth, Gratz reached on a throwing error and was moved to third on an infield hit from sophomore Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) before Madden again stranded the runners with a pop out.
UMD finally struck in the fifth inning as six hits and a pair of Storm errors led to a six run inning (three earned) which put the home team in command for good.
On the mound for Lake Erie, Ronde went the distance and allowed the six runs (three earned) on nine hits and four walks.
In game two, Caldwell knocked out redshirt freshman starter Amanda Anderson (Streetsboro, Ohio/Streetsboro) in the first inning but plated just a single run as sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) worked out of a bases loaded jam. Working with runners on was a common theme for Ondercin on the day as she stranded 16 baserunners pitching the final 6.1 innings. Caldwell scored two more in the second frame and the score stayed 3-0 until the sixth inning when it scored three runs before adding two more in the seventh.
Lake Erie managed five hits but two first inning singles represented the only time it would have multiple runners on base in an inning. Sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) had two hits in the loss.
The Storm return to action Wednesday as they play two more Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.