COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Lake Erie College baseball team split a doubleheader against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Ohio Dominican University Saturday (April 18).
The Storm captured game one 7-3 but fell in game two 14-9.
With one out in the first, Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Sale) singled up the middle. Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) advanced Mathews to third with a single of his own. After a walk, Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) brought Mathews home for the first run of the game.
After the Panthers scored in the bottom of the second, the Storm offense got right back to work in the third. Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) led-off with a double. After Luebke walked, Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf) flied out to advance the runners. Sackett then hit a double down the left field line, scoring the two runners.
The Panthers plated two more runs but it was not enough to overcome the Storm lead.
Mathews, Lindgren and Sackett had two hits apiece for the Storm. Mathews had two runs and three RBIs. Sackett added a pair of RBIs while Luebke had one.
Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) picked up the win for the Storm, going 5.2 innings, giving up two runs while striking out six. Brandon Grunda (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) was credited with the save after 1.1 innings of work.
The Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the second before the Storm responded in the third. Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North/Akron) led-off the inning with a double. Carver followed up Giddings' double with his own, bringing Giddings home. Austin Bovenzi (Fairport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) singled through the right side to bring Carver home and cut the lead to two.
However, the Panthers added seven more before the Storm got back on the board. With one out in the fifth, Giddings hit a triple. Jake Csizmadia (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) doubled to score Giddings. A Bovenzi single brought Csizmadia home. With Bovenzi and Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) on base, Zak DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) hit a two-RBI double.
The Panthers added two in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Carver hit into an error to score Luebke. Csizmadia then singled to score Giddings. Birchmeier brought Carver home on a groundout, cutting lead to 14-9. However, the Storm could not put together the final runs as they fell in game two.
DeCamp led the Storm with three hits. Bovenzi, DeCamp and Csizmadia had two RBIs apiece.
The Storm is back in action Sunday (April 19) for the final two games at Ohio Dominican.