PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Playing her last home game as a member of the Storm, Lake Erie College (5-42, 2-28 GLIAC) senior outfielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) hit her second career home run, a three-run blast, but it was not enough in a 13-4 loss to Wayne State University (29-19, 21-9 GLIAC) in five innings of game two at Kiwanis Recreation Park.
Lake Erie dropped the first game, 16-0 in five innings.
It was Senior Day for the Storm with Lake Erie recognizing its five seniors, Rathge, Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin), Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) and Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland).
In game two, Wayne State got off to a quick start with three runs in the first inning. Lake Erie plated its first run of the series in the second inning, as Pennell grounded in Heming, who had reached on an error.
The Warriors tallied five runs in the bottom of the second before Rathge's three-run shot got Lake Erie back into the game. However, Wayne State would not let up at the plate, scoring a run in the third and four more in the fourth leading to the early finish.
Lake Erie had five hits in the game two with Rathge, Pennell, sophomores Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) and Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) and freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Coventry) all getting a solo base knock.
Ronde worked the complete game allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits.
In game one, both teams were held scoreless in the first inning before Wayne State plated an unearned run in the second inning. In the third, the Warriors scored two more runs before exploding for 10 runs in the fourth. The Warriors blasted four home runs in the inning, accounting for all 10 runs in the frame. Wayne State tallied three more runs in the fifth to ensure an early end to the contest.
Lake Erie sophomore starter Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) suffered the loss, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits.
The Storm had two hits in the game as Brotzman and Klemp each singled.
Lake Erie closes its season Tuesday at Ohio Dominican University.