EVANSVILLE, IND. -- The old adage that pitching is ahead of hitting in the early sprig held true on Saturday (Feb. 25th) as 28th-ranked University of Southern Indiana's hurlers held the Lake Erie College baseball team in check in taking a doubleheader at the USI Baseball Field, spoiling the LEC's season opener.
The Storm (0-2) managed just five hits in the two games – all of them coming in a 3-2 loss in the opener. Scott Cole then held Lake Erie without a hit in the nightcap for a 3-0 Southern Indiana (3-2) win.
Game one was scoreless into the fourth inning when the hosts took advantage of three Storm miscues. Three errors in the inning and a wild pitch put Lake Erie in a 2-0 hole. That lead grew to 3-0 an inning later when the Eagles scored another unearned run.
Lake Erie cut the lead to just one in the ninth when sophomore Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) scored on a balk and then Brayan Cacique (Caracus, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland C.C.) singled in a run with two outs. However, Matt Davidson got Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) to fly out to left to end the game.
Silas Dill held the Storm scoreless on three hits in six innings to earn the win, out-dueling Storm junior ace Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion). Beach allowed three unearned runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six, but also threw two wild pitches.
Cole was the story in game two. He worked around seven walks by striking out 10 hitters and threw 121 pitches in his seven innings of work. Sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings to take the loss.
While the USI starters stole the show, the Lake Erie bullpen was equally impressive. Between the two games, four relievers combined for 4 1/3 hitless innings of relief. Logan Nordquist (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) led the way with two scoreless frames.
Cacique had two hits in the opener to lead the Storm offense.
The two teams are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the USI Baseball Field for a single game beginning at 11 a.m. CST.