EASTLAKE, Ohio- The Lake Erie Storm baseball team dropped an extra-inning game to the no. 21 ranked Wayne State University Warriors tonight with a final score of 11-9. With the loss, the Storm falls to 11-14 overall, while the Warriors improve to 22-5 with the win.
Freshman Cade Wendel started on the bump for the Storm, going 3.2 innings and allowed four runs on six walks while earning four strikeouts. Pitching in relief for Wendel were Wyatt Smith (one strikeout), Brad Curry (one strikeout), and Chris Mutter (two strikeouts). Jackson Miller started the 10th inning, and got 3.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks. The two runs he gave up were the runs that pulled the Warriors over the hump, landing Miller with his first loss as a Storm pitcher.
In addition to pitching, Miller also started the game at shortstop. The utility freshman went 2 for 5 at the plate with a double and a triple, scoring two runs himself and batting another in.
Nigel Williams also continued his hot streak for the Storm against Wayne St. today, going 4-7 at the plate. The senior scored one run himself and batted four runs in with the help of a triple and a home run.
Caleb Waller hit another double, his third of the season. Sophomore Brady Minetti did well at the plate in his first start of the season at second base. Minetti went 2-4, scoring one run himself and batting two in, one of which was a sacrifice flyout.
In total, the two teams combined for 34 hits, of which nine went for extra bases. The Storm outhit the Warriors by two, having 18 to their 16. However, the Warriors had one fewer error. In its entirety, the game lasted four hours and twenty-nine minutes.
Storm baseball heads on the road tomorrow for a matchup against Ashland University at 3pm.