PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie was swept in a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games against Findlay on Friday.
The Storm dropped the opener, 11-1, in a six-inning game. The nightcap was a 3-2 nail-biter captured by Oilers in their final at-bat.
Findlay had three big innings in their 11-1 run-rule victory in game one. The Oilers outhit the Storm, 10-4, in the contest. UF shortstop Emily Reynolds went 1-fo-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs in the game.
The Storm (4-27, 1-19) bounced back with a solid game in the nightcap. Freshman Hannah Shevenell started in the circle and she would go the route allowing just two unearned runs.
The Oilers scored a lone run in the bottom of the first inning, but Shevenell would then hold them scoreless until the sixth. In between – in the top of the third – the Green & White scored two runs when Elizabeth Karako followed up a Hannah Francis single with a home run to left center. Karako's fourth home run of the season put LEC in front, 2-1.
That lead would hold out until the Findlay sixth when a leadoff single led to a lone run. The Storm had their chances to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh, but they went 0-for-3 in a trio of opportunities with runners in scoring position.
In the bottom of that same inning, Findlay came away with a walk-off double to win the contest, 3-2.
Karako went 2-for-3 in the second game.
Lake Erie will be at home again on Saturday when the Storm host a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Hillsdale (Mich.). The game day represents Senior Day for Storm Softball, and LEC's senior players will be recognized before the opener.
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