PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie had an off-day with the leather, committing nine errors in being swept by Hillsdale (Mich.) on Sunday.
The Storm lost by scores of 10-2 and 9-3. Lake Erie (4-29, 1-21 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) has now lost 11 straight games.
Hillsdale (14-16, 8-12) took advantage of five LEC errors in Saturday's opener and four in the nightcap. The Chargers have now won 4-of-their-last-5.
In the opener Hillsdale and Lake Erie were locked in a close 3-2 game until the Chargers exploded for seven runs in a top of the fifth that saw them send 12 batters to the plate. The Storm committed three errors in the decisive inning, and Storm starter Amanda Anderson suffered some control problems, walking three. Hillsdale had but three hits in the seven-run outburst, and all three were infield singles.
LEC was closed out after failing to score in the bottom of the fifth. For the game, the Chargers outhit the Storm, 8-6. Anderson was charged with 10 runs on in a six-walk, four-strikeout outing, but only four of the runs were earned. Lake Erie committed five errors in the game.
In the second game, the Chargers got to another crooked number in the bottom of the second inning when they scored six to take a 6-0 lead. Hillsdale tallied a home run and two other hits in the inning, but again LEC errors loomed large. Two fielding errors contributed to the rally.
Hillsdale added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Lake Erie then got on the board when Hannah Francis, Elizabeth Karako, and Hannah Shevenell singled and were pushed around the bags by a Darrian Yanek double.
Shevenell started the game for Lake Erie. She was replaced by Katarina Davis in the fourth. Shevenell allowed eight runs (four earned) on four hits.
HC added one more run in the fifth and LEC countered with a lone run in the top of the sixth.
Yanek went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs in the second game. She had two doubles, her fifth and sixth of the season. Davis allowed one run on two hits in a solid three innings of work.
Lake Erie is slated to get back to action on Tuesday with a road trip to Lima, Ohio, to take on Northwestern Ohio in a non-conference twin bill.
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