FINDLAY, OHIO – Junior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/Lakeland C.C.) hit a go-ahead two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning as the Lake Erie College baseball team rallied to snap its five-game losing streak and salvage the final game of its rain shortened series at the University of Findlay with a 6-5 win in the second game Sunday (April 17) at Fifth-Third Bank Field in Toledo. The host Oilers won the opener, 4-0.
After allowing four runs in the first two innings, sophomore Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) settled down and allowed just one run over the next seven and did not allow a hit over the final three frames to pick up the complete game victory.
After being held scoreless in the day's first game, the Storm (15-16, 8-10 GLIAC) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run double by senior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). The Oilers went up 4-2 with a three-run third, highlighted by a two-run double by Reid Rothenbuhler.
Each team scored a run in the fourth before Lake Erie put three runs on the board. James's fielder's choice scored a run to make it 5-4 and two batters later Cacique singled to center to score a pair of put the Storm in front.
Beach (2-3) made sure they stayed there. He retired nine of the last 10 he faced, only allowing a walk from the fifth inning on. He allowed four earned runs (five total) on six hits. He did walk four but struck out seven in picking up his first complete game of the season.
Each team had six hits in game two, with no player having more than one. Junior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) scored twice for Lake Erie.
Ethan James took the loss in relief for Findlay. He gave up three runs on three hits in one inning.
In the opener, Ryan Rothenbuhler limited Lake Erie to just five hits in seven shutout innings. He pitched out of a trouble a couple of times, thanks in part to seven strikeouts.
Kyle Wilson hit a solo homer and Jason Reitenbach drove in a run in the second inning to put the Oilers (9-21-1, 6-13 GLIAC) ahead 2-0. Wilson added a sacrifice fly and Dustin Zielaskiewicz added an RBI single in the sixth to make it 4-0.
Toth had two hits, including a double, but the rest of the Storm tallied just three singles.
Freshman Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) held Findlay to only five hits as well, but the Oilers were able to convert on their opportunities. Kilway (1-4) allowed all four runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three.
The Storm hosts Notre Dame College on Wednesday, April 20, for a single nine-inning nonconference game at Braggs Field.