UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICH. – The Lake Erie College baseball team lost a pair of games on the road Saturday (Aril 30) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, falling to host Saginaw Valley State University 3-1 and 7-2, snapping the Storm's four-game winning streak.
The Cardinals (17-20, 12-13 GLIAC) took an early 1-0 lead in the opener before the Storm (19-20, 12-14 GLIAC) battled back to tie it in the fifth on an RBI single by junior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King).
Saginaw Valley retook the lead with a two-run sixth, loading the bases with one out before Chet LaFave laid down a squeeze and Mike VanAlst hit a sacrifice fly. Carson Beauchaine set the Storm down in order in the seventh to notch the complete game victory.
Sophomore Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) went the distance for the Storm, surrendering just two earned runs on three hits in his six innings of work. Beach (3-4) struck out seven but also walked four and hit a batter.
Beauchaine (5-3) held Lake Erie to just four hits, two of which were by senior outfielder Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). The run he allowed was unearned.
Toth hit a sac fly in the top of the second to give the Storm a 1-0 lead in game two, but the Cardinals answered with five runs in their half of the game to take control. Saginaw Valley had just two hits in the inning, but one was a two-run single by Matt Hunt and the other a two-run double by Kyle O'Boyle.
That was plenty of support for Mike Saunders (4-4), who kept the Storm scoreless after the second and allowed scattered just four hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked four.
VanAlst drove in a run in the fifth and Dan Norton scored on an errant pick-off attempt in that same inning to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Storm scored a run in the seventh on a double from junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele).
Michael Backes (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings, but only two were earned. He(2-2) gave up just one hit, but was done in by five walks and a hit batsman out of the 12 batters he faced.
The two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday, May 1, to wrap up their four-game set at the Saginaw Valley Baseball Complex.