MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The Lake Erie College baseball team concluded a four game road trip in North Carolina with a single game against the Mount Olive Trojans on Monday (Feb. 27). The Storm dropped the finale with a 5-2 loss to the Trojans.
Storm head coach Cameron Castro said, "Our bullpen did a terrific job today keeping us in the game. That relief outing by Connor was one of the best pitching performances we had this year. And Stryffler followed that right up in the 8th."
Mount Olive began the game with an early 3-0 lead in the second inning.
The Storm scratched two runs across in the top of the sixth. Left fielder Alex Lind (Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati Elder) and catcher Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) began the inning with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up into scoring position. Lind scored on a wild pitch and Erzen came home to score on a stolen base attempt by centerfielder Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele). The Storm cut the lead to 3-2.
The Trojans scored two more runs in the seventh for the final score of 5-2.
Connor Ryan (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) went five innings in relief, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out five. Michael Stryffler (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Padua Franciscan) threw a scoreless eighth inning.
"I'm very proud of the way the guys played on this trip. Four games against two good ball clubs and two losses by a total of four runs. We did exactly what I wanted to do on this trip, we learned what kind of team we are. I'm excited for these guys to get back on the field this weekend. We've been talking about the most important at-bat, most important pitch, and most important play is the one right in front of you."
The Storm will travel to West Virginia this weekend for a three games series at Concord, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday (March 4).
"And the same goes for this weekend, right now Concord is our most important game, because it's right in front of us."