CANTON, OHIO – Freshman Sarah Shields (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) fired her first career shutout, holding host Walsh University to just four hits in a 2-0 game one victory, to help the Lake Erie College softball team earn a split of a nonconference doubleheader on Tuesday (March 29) in Canton. The hosts came back in the nightcap for a 9-1 win.
Shields (2-6) struck out a career-high eight and allowed just seven base runners in seven shutout innings in the opener to snap the Storm's (6-14, 0-6 GLIAC) six-game losing streak. She was match inning-for-inning by Erin Ebert until the sixth when the Storm scored the game's only runs.
Freshman Krista Haley's (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) two-out single scored classmate Jennifer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) with the game's first run and junior Alison Heming's pinch-hit double scored Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) for the lead. Pitching with the lead for the first time, Shields walked the first hitter in the sixth, but retired the last six hitters she faced to close it out.
Ebert (2-4) was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings with one walk and five strikeouts. The Cavaliers' (6-9) Dana Brown was the only player in the game for either team to record two hits.
The home team's bats woke up in the second game, banging out 15 hits, and got plenty of help from Lake Erie, who committed six errors in the contest. The Cavaliers took a 2-0 first-inning lead and then added three in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.
The Storm got on the scoreboard in the fifth with an unearned run when Danielle Finkler(Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) scored on Chelsey Bleck's (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) grounder that was mishandled by Kendra Gerber.
Walsh then got a two-run double from Crystal Pflegler in the sixth and Gerber atoned for her error with a two-run single in the sixth to end the game.
Kelsey Ford (4-2) held the Storm to just four hits – all singles- in the complete game victory. Freshman Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits in four innings to fall to 2-5 on the year.
The Storm is back in action on Wednesday, March 30, with a nonconference doubleheader at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.