MASON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Storm baseball team stayed alive in the 2019 G-MAC postseason with a record-breaking 6-3 win over Trevecca Nazarene University at Prasco Park on Thursday morning. The Storm now stands at 29-21 while the Trojans ended their season at 28-22.
The Storm struck first in the top of the first with a two-run home run by Nigel Williams. They added another in the second inning on a bunt single putting pressure on the Trojan defense which caused an error to score a run.
Williams went 2-5 at the plate with one run scored and three RBIs, hitting a double and a home run. With his performance this weekend, Williams set a new school record for the most hits in Lake Erie program history with 194.
The Trojans added two of their own in the bottom half of the second, but starting pitcher Evan Layne struck out two batters to end the inning. It was the first pair of many as the senior was on the way to etching his name in the record books.
In his final start of his athletic career, Layne pitched a complete game allowed three runs on 10 hits and two walks. The senior tied David Lemasters and Brad Raley for the record of most strikeouts in one game with 14.
"The decision to keep me in came from me fighting coach and convincing him that it was my last collegiate start," said Layne after the game. "I am very confident in my routine and the way that I take care of my body. I will be able to recover properly from this start."
The Storm struck again in the top of the fifth with an RBI single hit by Corbin Paxton before both teams scored in the sixth to bring the score to 5-3.
In the top of the eighth inning, sophomore Trace Peterson hit a solo home run which was No. 13 of the season to break Luke Raley's record and give the Storm a three-run cushion heading into the final attempt for a Trojan comeback.
The Storm will now play Ohio Dominican on Friday in another elimination game. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.