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Tanksi and Sostre Homer as Storm Earns Split on Final Day of Spring Trip


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshman Erica Tanski (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) homered to break open a close game and fifth-year senior Pam Bykowski (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Armstrong Atlantic) allowed just one hit in five-plus innings as the Lake Erie College softball team capped its spring break trip with a 6-3 win over Northern State University on Friday (March 5) at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
Earlier in the day, the Storm (3-7) lost to the College of Saint Rose in the final inning, 7-5.
The game against Northern State was scoreless into the fifth inning before freshman Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) doubled in Tanski and junior Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire). Sophomore Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) followed with a double of her own to score Bleck and give the Storm a 3-0 lead.
Northern State (1-4) closed the gap in the sixth with a two-run single by Whitney Luhring. After reliever Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) got out of a jam without any further damage, the Storm struck back in the top of the seventh.
Finkler walked to lead off the inning and Tanski followed with a blast to right center field off Kelli Bornander. Two hits later, Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) scored Bleck with a sacrifice fly.
Bleck, Finkler and Foley each had two hits to pace the Storm offense. Bykowski (2-2) allowed two unearned runs on just one hit in 5 2/3 innings. She walked two and struck out three. Malicki allowed a run on three hits in the seventh, but held on for her second save.
In the first game of the day, Lake Erie couldn’t hold on to a 3-2 lead as Saint Rose scored five times in the final two innings to take the win.
Kayla Kuilema’s homer in the third had given the Golden Knights (2-8) a 2-0 lead but the Storm responded in the bottom of the inning in a big way.
With two on and one out, Sostre hit a three-run homer to put the Storm ahead. Sophomore Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) then held Saint Rose in check over the next two frames before the Knights tied the game with two outs in the sixth.
Then in the seventh, Malicki relieved Ronde and surrendered three straight singles followed by a bases-clearing double by Nikki Woodard. Later a sac fly made it 7-3.
The Storm got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh when Finkler singled, but Nicole Traylor got Tanski to pop out to end the game.
Freshman Jessica Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Whitehall) had two hits to back the run-scoring output of Sostre and Finkler. Ronde allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, but did not factor in the decision.
The Storm returns north next week and will play a doubleheader at the University of Findlay on Friday, March 12.