Posted: Mar 20, 2010
PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team matched its hours-old season-high of 10 runs scored in a 10-4 win in game one of a doubleheader at Clarion on Saturday (March 20) afternoon. The Golden Eagles snapped a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh in game two for a walkoff 5-4 win in the second game.
The Storm (4-14) scored five times in the fourth inning in Saturday’s opener to take a 6-3 lead and then broke the game open in the fifth with four more runs to make it 10-3. Starting with Friday’s doubleheader opener at Findlay and ending with game one on Saturday, the Storm had scored 14 runs in its last three fourth innings.
Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) brought in the first two runs in the fourth with a two-run home run to tie the game at 3-3. The Storm then got three straight doubles from Jessica Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Whitehall), Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) and Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) and an RBI single by Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) to bring in three more runs to grab a 6-3 lead.
Lake Erie tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning, with the help of two Clarion errors, to break the game open.
Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) earned the win for Lake Erie, tossing five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings. Pam Bykowski (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Armstrong Atlantic) was terrific in relief tossing two innings of no-hit ball.
Foley was 4-for-4 with three RBI in game one and Smith had three hits and scored three times to lead the Storm offensively.
The Storm fell behind 4-1 through two innings in the day’s second game, but scored twice in the fifth to cut the Clarion lead to 4-3. Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) knocked a solo home run with one out in the inning and Jamie Wodecki (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) ripped an RBI single later in the inning.
Down to its last out in the seventh and down a run, Lake Erie rallied to tie the game. Rathge walked and moved to second on Foley’s single. Sostre followed with a two-out RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. The Storm, though, would eventually leave the bases loaded after Clarion got Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Clarion took advantage and broke the tie score in the bottom of the seventh as Carlie Cook singled home Nicole Lollo, who tripled, to earn the walk-off win.
Lyndsie Delprato (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) took the loss, as she came on as a reliever to start the seventh.
Offensively, Foley had three hits and Sostre (two hits, two RBI) Heming had two hits apiece.
Lake Erie returns to the field on Tuesday (March 23) for a home doubleheader at Slattery Field against Mercyhurst. First pitch for game one is slated for 2:30 p.m.