TIFFIN, OHIO – For the second straight day the Lake Erie College and Tiffin University baseball teams split two one-run games at Heminger Field in Tiffin, going to extra innings for the third time in the series in the opener Sunday (April 7) and getting four stellar starting pitching performances overall. The host Dragons pulled out a 2-1win in nine innings in the opener before junior Logan Nordquist (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) tossed his first career shutout in a 1-0 Storm victory in the nightcap.
Tiffin (11-18, 6-10 GLIAC) led 1-0 into the sixth before a two-out rally by the Storm (13-14, 9-5 GLIAC) tied the game on a RBI single by freshman outfielder Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/South). It stayed that way until the ninth until the Dragons put together back-to-back singles with two outs to score pinch runner Derek Koch with the winning run.
The overtime loss spoiled another strong outing from sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). The right-hander went eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out six in the no-decision. Freshman Cory Fox (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) took the loss, falling to 1-1.
Tiffin starter Eric Klepper (2-2) went all nine innings, allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and struck out eight Storm batters. Lindgren was the only LEC batter to have more than one hit against Klepper.
Pitching again dominated the series finale with Nordquist and Jordan Liette going toe-to-toe. Nordquist (1-2) worked around nine hits in his seven innings. He walked two batters and had one strikeout in his second career complete game.
Liette (2-4) was equally as good, surrendering eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. His lone blemish came in the fourth when sophomore shortstop Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) singled in senior catcher Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).
The inning could have been even bigger for the Storm, but Lake Erie had two runners thrown out at the plate in the frame. That oddity, however, was nothing compared to the way the game ended.
With a runner on second and one out, Tiffin's Ryan Williams singled but both he and runner Colin Sallee were caught in run-downs following the hit and both were ultimately tagged out, ending the game, essentially, on a 5-4-5-6-5 double play.
Rizzo had a pair of hits in the nightcap. Three different Dragons had two hits in the contest.
At 9-5 in the league, the Storm finds itself currently in a three-way tie for second place with Ashland University and Saginaw Valley State University, one game behind front-runner Wayne State University.
Lake Erie is on the road against midweek, traveling to Columbus on Wednesday, April 11, for a doubleheader at Ohio Dominican University.