PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (10-36, 2-26 GLIAC) looked on its way to another loss, trailing Wayne State University (28-21-1, 16-11-1 GLIAC) 5-0 after four innings, but stormed back with seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to capture a 7-6 victory in game one in Detroit, Mich.
The Storm dropped game two to the Warriors, 1-0.
Game one got off to an ominous start, as Wayne State plated five runs in the first inning off sophomore starter Lyndsie Delprato (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry). Things settled in as freshman Lindsay Hershberger (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) came on in relief for the Storm and posted four straight scoreless frames. The score was still 5-0 after four frames but Lake Erie finally broke through for three runs in the fifth inning. Senior Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) brought the first run in with a double, freshman first baseman Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) plated one with a single and freshman Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) added a sacrifice fly
An inning later, the Storm stunned Wayne State for four more runs. It was more of the same as Finkler and Brotzman each brought in runs with Gratz driving home two.
Wayne State hit a leadoff homer off Hersberger to start the sixth inning and Head Coach Kristin Hall wasted no time in going to freshman ace Sara Shields (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) to preserve the lead. Shields did not allow a base runner, retiring six straight to secure the win.
Hershberger picked up her first collegiate win, allowing five hits and just the lone run in four innings of relief. Shields earned her first career save working the final two frames.
In game two, Lake Erie started senior Lauren Malicki (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and in what is likely the final start of her career, Malicki responded with one of her best outings. Wayne State turned a leadoff double in the second inning into a run, but it was the only score for the Warriors in the game. Lake Erie had just four hits, with Brotzman accounting for two, and only got a base runner past first base once, coming in the sixth inning.
Malicki worked a complete game allowing the one run and six hits.
Lake Erie closes out its 2011 schedule tomorrow (Sunday, May 1) with a home doubleheader against Ohio Dominican University starting at noon.