CLERMONT, Fla. – Tuesday marked day three of Lake Erie's play in Central Florida, and the Storm went 0-2, losing to Quincy (Ill.) and Lynn (Fla.).
Quincy defeated the Storm, 9-1, and Lynn topped LEC, 10-1. The Green & White were outhit, 25-9, over the two games.
Lake Erie (0-6) was held off the board until inning No. 5, and five innings was all it would take for a hard-hitting Quincy Hawks team to earn a victory. The Hawks (8-6) collected a double and two home runs en route to scoring in 4-of-5 innings.
Katarina Davis started for Lake Erie. Davis went two innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. Amanda Anderson went the rest of the way; she allowed two unearned runs on four hits. QU was held off the board in the first. The Hawks then scored three in the second and four in the third. They plated solo runs in the fourth and fifth.
Lake Erie left the bases loaded in its half of the second inning. The Storm managed a decent share of singles and walks the rest of the way against two Quincy pitchers, but they couldn't string anything together with enough danger to score more than a lone unearned run in the fifth frame.
Freshman right-hander Hannah Shevenell took the ball in the game against Lynn, a Florida (Boca Raton) program that went into Tuesday having already played 22 games this season. Shevenell and Lynn's starter -- freshman Katelyn Key – traded zeroes in the first inning, but the Fighting Knights loaded the bases and plated three runs in the second. All three of those runs were unearned; LEC committed a pair of errors in the inning.
Lynn tacked on a solo run in the third and then two more in the fourth. Lake Erie didn't manage a hit off Key until Elizabeth Karako knocked a two-out single to left in the bottom of the fourth. LEC dented the plate for the first time in the fifth when Jeniffer Gratz led off with a home run to left-center.
That would prove to be the Storm's lone run of the game. The Fighting Knights plated two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Freshman Darrian Yanek came on to replace Shevenell in the sixth and was tagged with the last two runs of the contest. Lake Erie went quietly in the seventh as Key polished off a performance that saw her strike out three while allowing one run on four base hits.
Lynn outhit Lake Erie, 13-4, and the Fighting Knights' one-through-five batters went a combined 11-of-22 in the game.
For the day Elizabeth Karako reached base three times; she went 2-for-5 with a walk.
Tuesday's doubleheader sends Lake Erie into an off day. The Storm will resume their Florida schedule on Thursday with a split doubleheader against Lewis (Ill.) and Notre Dame (Ohio).
Notes: The LEC-QU meeting was the second in as many seasons between the two programs. The Hawks downed the Storm, 10-0, on March 6, 2013. Quincy scored its 10 runs that game with the benefit of six hits, six walks and five LEC errors. … Gratz' home run in game two marked Lake Erie's first round-tripper of the season. The shot to left-center was the second home run of Gratz' career. … Quincy and Lynn reached base six times in 12 leadoff situations on Tuesday. For the season, LEC foes own a .583 on-base percentage when leading off an inning. … Kate-Lynn Urgo had a pair of hits on Tuesday. Urgo has a team-high seven on the young season. Urgo (.350), Karako (.353) and Hannah Shevenell (.375) are the Storm's players batting over .300 thus far. … Lake Erie's offense has looked improved over the team's first half-dozen games, but the Storm have been out-hit with runners in scoring position, .425 to .194.
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