EASTLAKE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College baseball team won its eighth straight game this evening after completing a doubleheader with G-MAC opponent Cedarville University. The wins increase the Storm's record to 23-20 overall with a conference record of 15-11.
The Storm won the first game with a final score of 8-2. Sophomore outfielder Nathan Birtley went 4-5 at the plate, hitting a triple and scored three runs. Caleb Waller went 2-3 at the plate, hitting a home run with four RBIs as well as scoring two runs himself. Trace Peterson went 2-5 at the plate with 3RBIs and a home run. Catcher Nathan Erzen also hit a double.
David Lemasters started the first game for the Storm on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while earning 11 strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched. The senior earned his 250th career strikeout as well. Senior Evan Layne pitched in relief, earning 4 strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
Although the Storm got ten hits in the second contest against Cedarville, they didn't score until late in the game. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Nate Birtley reached on a single to left field and advanced to second base after Storm shortstop Caleb Waller drew a walk. Forrest Longeway moved both runners into scoring position with a perfectly placed bunt, sacrificing himself in the process. Finally, Storm senior Nigel Williams singled up the middle scoring Birtley. In a walk-off fashion, Storm baseball secured the win with a final score of 1-0.
Birtley went 7-9 at the plate for the day, hitting a double and a triple while scoring four runs himself.
Junior pitcher Ryan Middendorf pitched a complete game shutout, holding the Yellow Jackets to two hits and four walks while earning five strikeouts.
After this week's games, Storm baseball is still sitting in sixth place in the Great Midwest. The team looks to extend their win streak further with a non-conference matchup against nationally ranked Wayne St. (no. 16). Wayne St. barely edged out a win against Storm baseball on April 2 in a game that went to 13 innings, with a final score of 11-9.