PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Starter Logan Nordquist (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) was up to the challenge of facing the nation's fourth-ranked team in the Lake Erie College baseball team's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest, but Grand Valley State University's Joe Jablonski was just a bit better outdueling the Storm sophomore in a 3-1 victory for the visitors in the first game. Game two also went the Lakers way, 10-1, at Braggs Field on Saturday (March 26).
Coming off the best start of his career, Nordquist (2-1) scattered seven hits in a career-high 6 2/3 innings. After opening the game by allowing a single, stolen base and RBI double, Nordquist settled down and retired the next 13 hitters. He allowed a run in the fifth and left after an errant pick-off attempt in the seventh allowed an unearned run to score, finishing with three strikeouts and just two walks.
While Nordquist was keeping the Storm (7-6, 0-2 GLIAC) in the game, Jablonski (3-0) kept Lake Erie completely in check early on. The Lakers' ace did not allow a hit until Brandon James' (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) infield single in the seventh. The Storm had two more hits in the inning, with Kyle Kemp (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) singling home James, and had the bases loaded with one out but reliever Brad Zambron snagged a hot shot up the middle and turned it into a 1-2-3 double play to end the game.
Paul Young and Andrew Trepel each had two hits for Grand Valley. Jablonski allowed one run on three hits in six innings, with three walks and three strikeouts. Zambron got the final three outs to earn the save.
A three-run homer in the first inning by Torre Aguirre gave the Lakers (13-2, 2-0 GLIAC) an early lead in game two and GV broke the contest wide open with a four-run fifth inning, in which they had just one hit, en route to the runaway victory.
The Lakers led 5-0 before the Storm scored a run in the fourth on a hit by freshman Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). In the fourth, the Storm bullpen ran into trouble, issuing three walks and hitting two batters, enabling the visitors to enlarge the lead.
James had two of the team's five hits in the nightcap and scored the only run Lake Erie run in each game. GV's Kyle Schepel held LEC to a run on four hits in six innings, with four walks and three strikeouts. Cody Grice had three hits and scored two runs while Garrett Yatch drove in three for the Lakers.
The two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday, March 27, beginning at noon. Those games will also be played at Braggs Field in Painesville Kiwanis Recreation Park.