PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite hitting four home runs, the Lake Erie College softball team couldn't keep up with a suddenly rolling Hillsdale College offense as the Chargers banged out 23 hits in a 15-8, 10-0 doubleheader sweep of the Storm at Slattery Field on Saturday (April 24).
Junior Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge/Walsh) hit a pair of home runs and drove in a season-high five runs in the opener for the Storm (8-32), but a seven-run fourth inning propelled the Chargers (12-26) to victory.
Sostre singled in two runs in the first and another in the third as Lake Erie took a 4-1 lead. Hillsdale took advantage of a pair of Storm errors in the top of the fourth and got a two-out, two-run single from Kellie Hirst to cap the seven-run frame and take the lead.
Sophomore Jamie Wodecki (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) led off the bottom of the fourth with her first home run of the season and with one out, sophomore Brittany Athey (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) went deep for her first career round-tripper. The two homers, which both went to left field, cut the deficit to 8-6.
Sostre's solo shot in the fifth made it a one-run game, but the Chargers responded with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Kate Hoop's two-run single, and added four more in the seventh. Sostre added another solo homer in the seventh, tying the school single-game record with her second bomb and matching her career high with her fourth hit, but Brittany Hulett set the next three hitters down in order to close it out.
Miriam McKay hit a home run in the opener as part of the Chargers 13-hit attack while three players each scored three runs for Hillsdale. One of those players was Kellie Hirst, who drove in three runs with her bat and earned the win in the circle. Hirst (3-4) allowed three runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
After a scoreless first in game two, Devon Trimmer hit a two-run double as part of a three-run second and then cleared the bases with a three-run double during a five-run third to put the Chargers ahead 8-0. Taylor Schulty (4-11) held the Storm to just three hits over five shutout innings.
After four hits in the opener, Sostre went 0-for-3 in game two. Athey, sophomore Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) and sophomore Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who had two hits and scored twice in game one, each had a hit in game two.
Trimmer finished 3-for-4 in the nightcap, driving in five. She also drove in a run in game one.
Sophomore Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) suffered the defeat in both games for the injury-depleted Storm pitching staff, but was not helped out by five Lake Erie errors in the opener.
The Storm will look to put an end to its current six-game losing streak on Wednesday, April 28, when it hosts Ohio Valley University at 3 p.m.