CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Lake Erie College's path to a GLIAC title became more difficult after a 6-1 loss to Wayne State University in its second game in the GLIAC Tournament at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Lake Erie (27-25) is now 1-1 overall in the tournament and needs two straight wins Friday to reach the Championship game. The Storm plays at 2:00 p.m. vs. Saginaw Valley State University in an elimination game. If Lake Erie wins that game it will play either Grand Valley State University or Wayne State University for a spot in the finals.
Wayne State (32-17) got on the board in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly following a Brad Guenther leadoff triple. After both teams were held off the board in the second, the Warriors broke the game open in the bottom of the third with four runs on four hits and a pair of walks.
That 5-0 lead was more than enough for WSU's Alex Pierce (7-1), who did not allow his first baserunner until the fourth inning. Lake Erie got two runners out in the fourth and another in the fifth but could not get a two out hit.
Wayne State got another solo run in the sixth, knocking junior Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) from the game.
Lake Erie got on the board in seventh when junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge,Ohio/Tallmadge) walked and freshman Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Salle) singled in junior Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine), who pinch ran for Kilway.
The Storm threatened to cut further into the WSU lead in the eighth when a pair of runners reached but Pierce ended the rally with one of his seven strikeouts on the evening. He then proceeded to put Lake Erie down in order in the ninth for the complete game victory.
Beach (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (five earned), on 11 hits.
Kilway, Matthews and senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard (Fla.)/Lakeland CC) each had hits for the Storm.