PAINESVIILE, OHIO – On a cold and windy day in Midland, Mich., Lake Erie College softball (9-27, 1-17 GLIAC) blasted its way to a 7-1 lead and held on 7-6 in game two of a doubleheader against Northwood University (18-15-1, 12-9-1 GLIAC) to win its first GLIAC contest. The Timberwolves took game one, 5-1.
In game two, Lake Erie got 12 hits with freshman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) going three-for-three with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) had two hits including a two-run home run, her third of the season and junior shortstop Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) belted two doubles, driving home four runs.
Northwood got a run in the first inning off Lake Erie starter Sara Shields (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo), but it was the last time the Timberwolves would score off the freshman until the seventh inning. Lake Erie tied the game in the bottom of the second when Haley doubled home junior second baseman Fayth Atkins (Holland, Ohio/Springfield) who also reached via double.
In the third, a Northwood error opened the door for Brotzman's two run shot to right-center. An inning later, Haley doubled down the left field line and Pennell followed with a double to center to give the Storm a 4-1 advantage.
Lake Erie plated three insurance runs in the fifth and would need them all as a bases loaded, two-out double by Pennell cleared the bases.
Trailing 7-1 going into the seventh, Northwood would make things interesting as the first five batters of the inning all reached. A one-out double brought the Timberwolves within one but Shields bared down and induced a pair of fly outs to pick up her fifth win of the season.
In game one, Lake Erie took the early advantage with a unearned run in the first as junior catcher Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) grounded in freshman first baseman Jennifer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union). However Northwood scored three runs in the second and two more in the third to take command of the game.
Freshman Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) started and lasted five innings, giving up seven hits and five runs while striking out three. Freshman Lindsay Hershberger (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) worked a scoreless inning of relief, striking out a pair.
Lake Erie had five singles in game two with Atkins stroking a pair and Gratz, Pennell, Brotzman each accounting for one.
Lake Erie returns home for three doubleheaders next week, beginning Wednesday against GLIAC leader Ashland University, at 3:30 p.m.