FINDLAY, Ohio— The Lake Erie College baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe University of Findlay Sunday (March 22).
The Storm won game one 4-1 and game two 3-0.
The Oilers struck first, plating one in the bottom of the first. The Storm was held without a hit through the first four innings but was able to get on the board in the fifth. Tyler Kmitt (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) earned a walk. He advanced to second on an error that put Derek Turocy (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) on first. Pinch hitting, Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) singled through the left side, scoring Kmitt and Turocy to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) led off the sixth with a single and reached second on a Zak DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) sac bunt. Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Sale) went to first on a walk. Both baserunners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) singled to bring the them home and secured the Storm win.
Connor Fuller (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) picked up the win on the mound, giving up one earned run and five hits while fanning seven in the complete game.
The Storm got on the board in the opening frame. Nico DiIanni (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) was walked to open the game, then stole second. He reached third on an error and home on a wild pitch.
Neither offense was able to get runs across again until the seventh inning. Mathews was hit by a pitch to open the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Giddings reached on an error. A Luebke sac bunt advanced both runners. Kmitt brought the baserunners home with a single.
The Storm defense and pitching held steady throughout the game to complete the sweep.
Brian Bullock (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) picked up the win for the Storm, giving up four hits in six innings while striking out three. Vince Pitzulo (West Middlesex, Pa./Wilmington Area/Meryhurst Northeast) recorded a three inning save, giving up one hit.
The Storm is back in action Wednesday (March 25) at Gannon University.