Posted: Apr 08, 2010
PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie softball team dropped a pair of home games to Tiffin University on Thursday (April 7) afternoon at Slattery Field, 14-6 and 12-2.
The Storm (6-26) bounced back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning of the opener by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) made it 3-1. Two batters later, Erica Tanski (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) doubled to score Pennell and cut the Dragons’ lead to one. Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) followed with her second home run in as many days – a two-run shot way over the fence in right to give the Storm a 4-3 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as the Dragons (18-10) scored the next eight runs in the game to take an 11-4 lead.
Lake Erie tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth inning as Jessica Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Whitehall) drove in Jamie Wodecki (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) on a sacrifice fly. Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon), who doubled earlier in the inning, would score on a wild pitch to make it 11-6.
Tiffin added three more in the seventh for the final margin.
Pennell finished with three hits – two doubles – in the first game and Tanski added a pair, including a double.
The Dragons scored three runs each in the first and second innings, but unlike in game one, the Storm was unable to get back into the game in the early going.
Lake Erie got on the board in the third inning after loading the bases with two outs on a single and a pair of walks. Rathge delivered the knock, a ground-rule double to right-center, that scored two runs. Tiffin’s Lexie Pinkleman was able to escape the jam, getting a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Tiffin added six more runs in the final two innings that put the game away.
Finkler was the only player with two hits in the second game.
Lake Erie will have a couple days off before returning to the field on Saturday (April 10) when the Storm will host West Liberty at 1 p.m.