EASTLAKE, Ohio- Storm baseball split with the Hillsdale College Chargers this afternoon after a four-game series.
The Storm took the first game today (third game of the series) with a final score of 3-1.
The Storm scored their three runs in the bottom of the first (one run) and the bottom of the sixth (two runs). In the bottom of the first, Nathan Birtley reached on an error and advanced to second. Caleb Waller moved him to third, and Birtley scored on an RBI double smacked to left-center field by sophomore Trace Peterson which put the Storm up 1-0. Anthony Jackson then led off the bottom half of the sixth inning on a throwing error by the shortstop. Corbin Paxton walked to put runners on first and second. Brady Minetti then bunted his way on, and a run scored due to errors committed by the Chargers defense. Later in the Storm half of the inning, Jacob Lozinski then hit a SAC fly to score Corbin Paxton, giving the Storm a 3-0 lead.
Senior pitcher Evan Layne earned the win, as he got his sixth start of the 2019 season. Layne threw a complete game, allowing one run on three hits and earning six strikeouts to bring his record to 3-3 on the year.
The second game was a 14-11 loss to the Chargers that consisted of four different lead changes. The Storm got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first scoring five runs. They extended their lead to six (8-2) with the help of back-to-back home runs by Trace Peterson and Nigel Williams in the bottom of the fourth. Hillsdale kept chipping away though and ended up taking the lead back in the top of the sixth. Trace Peterson hit another home run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game back up at 9 each. Although the Storm scored two more runs in the bottom of the 9th, they lost 14-11 after a rally by the Chargers in the seventh, securing the split.
Trace Peterson had 13 at-bats against the Chargers, earning seven hits, of which two were doubles and two were home runs. Peterson scored four runs himself, and had six RBIs. Nigel Williams also hit a double and a home run against the Chargers in the series. Corbin Paxton had three walks, scoring three runs on three hits. Caleb Waller also scored four runs against the Chargers on five hits and two walks.
Lake Erie is now 18-13 overall in 2019, with a conference record of 12-6. They are currently tied for eighth place with Hillsdale. They will prepare this week to take on the second-best team in the G-MAC this weekend, as Ohio Dominican University will come to Classic Park for another four-game series this upcoming weekend (April 13 and 14).