PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie turned back Tiffin on Sunday, winning by a final score of 9-6 and completing a three-game sweep of the Dragons.
With the Sunday-afternoon victory, Lake Erie is now five games over .500 (12-7) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic play. The Storm (18-14) 1have won 6-of-their-last-7, and they closed out a week of home games with a record of 4-1 at Braggs Field.
Junior right-hander Russ Hogue gave LEC six strong innings, and the Storm scored their most runs in a single game since March 22. Lake Erie's three-four-and-five hitters combined to go 6-for-12 with two home runs and a pair of walks. No. 3 batter Lucas Raley reached base four times on the afternoon. He was 3-of-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Storm outhit the Dragons (9-25, 8-9), 15-12. Hogue and two relievers held Tiffin to a 2-of-10 mark with runners in scoring position. LEC's 15 hits mark their most in a single game since April 26, 2013.
In a marathon first inning, Lake Erie starter Russ Hogue worked in and out of trouble while his mound foe – right-hander Joe Perretta – worked into trouble which was followed by more trouble. Punctuated by three-run home run by freshman first baseman Lucas Raley, the Storm pounced on Perretta, circling the bases with a walk, two singles, a double and a round-tripper. Catcher Dylan Yankle hit the double, a hit that plated one run. Raley's homer, a prodigious blast to right, did the rest of the damage in what was a four-run first for the home nine.
Hogue hung zeroes until the fourth when Tiffin pushed across a lone run.
The Storm rebuilt their four-run cushion in the fifth when Aaron Lindgren homered to right. LEC traded three runs for four in return over the middle innings and went into the eighth leading, 9-4.
In that eighth stanza, Grunda – who came in relief in the seventh -- worked out of a jam to preserve the 9-4 lead.
D.J. Stastny came on to pitch the ninth, an inning that saw the Dragons score two.
Hogue earned the win on the mound; he went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.
Notes: LEC homered in each of its five home games on the week. The team has hit 14 home runs on the season. … Storm batters struck out just 10 times in the series. … LEC turned two double plays on Sunday and four for the series. Lake Erie has registered 12 double plays over its last nine games. In 32 games on the year, the Green & White have turned 25 double plays. … Zack DeCamp went 3-for-5 on Sunday and has now hit safely in six straight games. DeCamp (.343 average, 37-of-108) and Raley (.345, 38-of-110) have been LEC's top batters on the season. Raley has homered in two straight games and in three-of-four. Since March 16, the freshman slugger is batting .417/.476/.708 (batting/on-base/slugging). … LEC is 18-5 this season when scoring more than three runs in a game.
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