LAKE ERIE (4-29) at NORTHWESTERN OHIO (15-21)
Fresh off snapping an extended losing streak with a Tuesday split at Northwestern Ohio, Lake Erie gets back to conference action with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle at Wayne State (Mich.) on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Lake Erie saw a game-one lead vanish late and then came back to earn the team's first victory since April 9 – a span of 13 games – in the nightcap against Northwestern Ohio. The Lady Racers battled back from a 6-1 deficit, scoring three in the fifth and five in the sixth to pull out a 9-8 victory in the opener. The Storm then flipped that script in game two, scoring six runs over their final two at-bats in winning, 11-5. The LEC offense cranked out 27 hits on the day, including a season-best 17 in the nightcap.
LEC will see a team playing .775 softball on Wednesday in Detroit. The Warriors have lost only nine times all year, and their .688 mark (11-5) in league play has them in fifth place in the GLIAC standings. WSU has won six straight games overall and is 4-0 this season at home. With a minuscule 0.91 ERA, the Warriors rank as the second-best pitching unit in the country. WSU's defense nearly matches that – the Warriors own the nation's 14th-best fielding percentage (.972). Wayne State's 3.4 runs per game rank as a pedestrian figure, but, as evidenced by a 31-9 record, that production has been more than enough more often than not.
SERIES: Wayne State is 13-1 all-time against the Storm in a series that dates back to 2009.
MATCH-UP NUMBERS: Wayne State is averaging 3.4 runs per game, while giving up 1.3. The Warriors own a .277/.325/.340 batting line (average/on-base/slugging) and an ERA of 0.91. They have registered a top-notch .972 fielding percentage. … LEC is averaging 3.3 RPG while yielding 8.2. The Storm have thus far batted .279/.335/.386. They own a 7.52 ERA and a fielding mark of .927.
RAGING ON: Jeniffer Gratz had an eight-game hit streak halted in Tuesday's opener at UNO; the eight games mark the longest hit streak for Storm Softball since 2010. … Lake Erie is 1-6 this season in games decided by one run. … Darrian Yanek had four doubles on Tuesday and now leads the team with 10 on the season. Yanek is also leading LEC in home runs (five) and RBIs (26). On the year she is batting .284/.364/.547. … The Storm's 11 runs and 17 hits in Tuesday's nightcap marked their most since March 11, 2011, when an 18-hit barrage was part of a 13-4 win over Wisconsin-Parkside.
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