PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College baseball team will open the 2018 season this weekend on the road. The Storm will face the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters in a doubleheader on Sunday (Feb. 18) at 1:00 and 4:00 PM and a single game at 2:00 PM on Monday (Feb. 19).
"We're excited to get underway, we've been building up to this since September and it's nice to finally be on the heels of competition," said Storm head coach Cameron Castro. "Our goal was to spend the last 6 weeks putting together solid practices, trying to practice above competition level and prepare in a way that we just didn't last pre-season. Our coaching staff has done a phenomenal job preparing the team, and because of that we are far more equipped to handle both success and adversity this season."
Storm Report: Lake Erie enters the first year in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) after an 11-38 overall record and 4-28 record in the GLIAC. The Storm returns eight of the nine starters from last season, including two members of the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) finished with a .352 batting average and a team-high 62 hits, 19 doubles, and 39 RBI. Samuel Browning (Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas) batted .324 and led the Storm with 36 runs, three triples and eight homeruns along with 12 strikeouts in six relief appearances. Five of the top Storm hitters in batting average are returning from 2017.
Preseason Rankings: The Storm was selected to finish sixth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference North Division this season in the Preseason Coaches Poll Presented by Under Armour.
Opposition Position: The Railsplitters are 6-2 on the young season, including winning five straight contests. Lincoln Memorial defeated Erskine 8-7 on Wednesday (Feb. 14) in their last game. Nate Stinson leads the team with ten RBI and has the second best batting average with .476.
Series History: The teams have never met on the diamond until this weekend.
Storm Forecast: Lake Erie will travel to Williamstown, North Carolina for a three game series against Millersville next weekend.