PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College baseball team will close out the Spring Break trip with two single games against Mars Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday (Feb. 27) and Wednesday (Feb. 28), respectively.
"The goal for these next two games is to play our best, most competitive baseball," said Storm head coach Cameron Castro. "They are two good teams and two more great tests for us on the road to prepping for conference play. "I'm looking forward to our lineup really coming together as other guys settle in and get comfortable. As for the pitching side of it, we're getting good starts. It's just about our bullpen finding their identity. Hopefully, they can carry over some of that momentum after the six innings they had to throw on Sunday. Those are the types of efforts we need day in and day out."
Storm Report: Lake Erie is 1-5 on the young season following a 1-2 weekend against Millersville in Williamston, North Carolina. In the 8-5 series finale victory on Sunday (Feb. 25), Lake Erie erupted for a six run eighth inning, capped with a three-run homerun by Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle). The Storm got six strong innings from the bullpen, including two scoreless innings each from Nick Dejesus (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele) and Brad Curry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton).
Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) leads the team with a .667 batting average with four hits in his first six at-bats along with five RBI (tied for team-high). Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina) is batting .400 (8-20) with a team-high eight hits and five RBI. Lake Erie is batting .279 as a team.
Opposition Position: Mars Hill is 4-10 so far this season following a 1-2 series with Tusculum. The Lions are batting .219 as a team with Matt Honeycutt leading the team with 17 hits, two homeruns and nine RBI. The Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne are 12-5 this season after the Bears won two of three games against Anderson last weekend. Justin Dean leads the team with a .391 batting average, 24 runs, 25 hits, three homeruns and 18 RBI.
Forecast: The Storm will travel to Concord for a three game series starting on March 10th.