KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (0-1) was tied at 3-3 through six innings in its season opener but two seventh inning runs gave Edinboro University (2-1) a 5-3 win at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
If the first play of the season, is an indication of how the year's going to go, the Storm is in for good thing as redshirt freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) robbed Edinboro's leadoff batter of a base hit with a diving catch. Both teams failed to score in the first inning, but in the top of the second, the Scots plated an unearned run on a double steal.
Edinboro scored two more in the top of the third to take a 3-0 advantage, but Lake Erie used aggressive base running to respond back in the bottom of the inning with two runs. Klemp led off with a single then took two bases on a passed ball. Junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) reached on an error then used aggressive baserunning to take an extra base and start a sequence of events which brought Klemp home. Senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) then singled and sophomore third baseman Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) brought Bleck home with a sacrifice fly.
Lake Erie tied the score 3-3 the next inning, as Klemp drove home sophomore catcher Fayth Atkins (Holland, Ohio/Springfield). The Storm had chances to score again in the fifth with a leadoff hit from Bleck and the sixth as two batters reached base but the score remained 3-3 until top of the seventh when the Scots scored a pair of ultimately game-winning runs. Lake Erie went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Foley, Bleck and sophomore second baseman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) each had a pair of hits for Lake Erie which did not have an extra base hit in the contest.
On the mound for the Storm, sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) went the distance, allowing five runs (three earned), on nine hits and a walk while striking out five.
The Storm is scheduled to play again Sunday vs. Slippery Rock at 11:00 a.m.