LAKE ERIE (3-18, 0-10 GLIAC) vs. MALONE (8-14-1, 0-8 GLIAC)
The Lake Erie Storm have played eight games in Northeast Ohio this season. Unofficially those contests were "home-away-from-home" games, all coming against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes from Michigan. All of those games were played at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. On Wednesday Lake Erie is slated to host its first games of the year at Bob Jones Field in Painesville, Ohio.
The Storm went 0-8 in those eight games at Walsh; they are 0-10 in league play and looking for their first GLIAC win since March 25, 2012. LEC has had a few heartbreak losses in GLIAC play will be looking forward to friendly environs and a home crowd to turn those close losses into victories.
Malone is another GLIAC squad looking for its first conference win this season. The Pioneers head to Painesville with an 0-8 mark in league play. Like the Storm, they have lost 10 games in a row overall. MU swept a doubleheader from LEC the last time the two programs met (April 15).
Lake Erie went 0-12 at home last season. The program's last home victory came on that same March 25 date two seasons ago -- against Northwood (Mich.). The Green & White have lost 20 consecutive home games since.
GROUND-HOG DAY: Pitcher Amanda Anderson leads the Lake Erie pitching staff this season with an ERA of 5.60. Perhaps not coincidentally, the right-hander leads the squad in inducing ground balls. Of the batted-ball outs Anderson has recorded, 54 percent (50-of-92) have been on grounders.
OFFENSE RATES A 10: LEC scored a season-high 10 runs in its last game, an 11-10 loss at Northwood on Sunday. In that contest -- the back half of a twin bill against the Timberwolves -- the Storm scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from an early deficit. They led, 10-8, heading into the seventh inning. NU outscored lake Erie, 3-0, in that final frame. The Green & White had a season single-game-high-tying five extra-base hits in the game. Freshman Hannah Shevenell had two of those hits -- she doubled and homered in the 10-run outburst.
MALONE WITH A CAPITAL 'O': The Pioneers head into Wednesday's games ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring, at 6.1 runs per game. But the Malone offense did much of its base-circling damage in its non-conference slate. In 15 non-league games, MU scored nine or more runs eight times. They have yet to hit the eight-run mark in a GLIAC game and are averaging 2.9 RPG against circuit foes.
RAGING ON: Lake Erie is 3-3 this season when scoring first and 0-15 when opponents score first. ... First baseman Jennifer Gratz heads into Wednesday with a four-game hit streak in tow. Gratz is batting a team-best .349/.379/.492 (BA/OBP/SLG) on the season. She has registered six multi-hit games, including LEC's last game in which she went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. ... Lake Erie has only hit seven home runs in 2014, but the Storm have clubbed 29 doubles. LEC's 1.6 doubles per game rank third in the GLIAC and 45th (of 270 NCAA-II programs) in the nation.
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