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Break Out The Brooms, Baseball Sweeps Findlay

Break Out The Brooms, Baseball Sweeps Findlay

FINDLAY, Ohio- The Lake Erie College Storm baseball team completed a four-game series with a sweep over the University of Findlay Oilers today. 

Caleb Waller started the first game off for the Storm with a solo home run in the top of the first inning, which was a foreshadowing of the explosiveness yet to come throughout the day for Lake Erie. But, Findlay matched them in the bottom half of the inning to tie. Lake Erie added three by the top of the fourth, going up 4-2, with the help of an RBI double hit by Sam Browning, and a two-run home run hit by Trace Peterson. Another Storm bomb by Nigel Williams extended the Storm lead, 5-2. Although Findlay tried a late comeback in the bottom of the sixth, the Storm won with a final game of 5-4.

Evan Layne started the game on the mound for the Storm allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. The senior southpaw served up ten strikeouts in his fourth win of 2019. Christopher Mutter earned his seventh save of the year.

The last game of the series was a 10-5 rout. Five Storm hitters reached base on doubles, and one hit a triple (Sam Browning). Caleb Waller hit another home run, as did fellow junior Nathan Erzen.

Mitch Sorensen started the last game of the series and received the no-decision. Sorensen pitched four innings, allowing no runs on two hits, two walks, and earning five strikeouts. Sophomore Brad Curry earned the win, his second of the year, pitching one inning. Coming into pitch in relief during game four was Cade Wendel, Ryan Lally, and Wyatt Smith.

Waller ended up going 5-8 at the plate today with five runs scored, four RBIs, and two home runs. He finished the series going 6-15 with seven RBIs. 

Williams went 6-9 with two runs and four RBIs with one home run. He finished the Findlay series at the plate going 7-15, scoring three runs with eight RBIs, two walks, and two home runs.

The Storm is now 20-20, boasting an overall win percentage of .500 with a G-MAC record of 13-11. They also are in seventh place in the conference, putting them in the hunt for the tournament beginning in May.

Baseball heads back to Classic Park with a five-game win streak. They are scheduled to play Notre Dame College at Classic in a traditional nine-inning game on Thursday, April 29. The non-conference matchup is scheduled for 2pm. They return to G-MAC play this weekend for another four-game series against Cedarville.