KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (0-5) struggled to generate offense in game one and fell too far behind in game two, as they lost to Indiana (Pa.) University, 8-0, and Edinboro University, 10-4 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Storm and Crimson Hawks started off in a pitcher's duel as sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) and Kelly King each held their opponents scoreless through three innings. Ondercin had allowed baserunners every inning and it caught up to her in the fourth as she walked in a run after a long battle with a 3-2 count. That opened the gates as IUP scored another run in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seven. Lake Erie was never able to get to King as she completed a perfect game for the Crimson Hawks.
Ondercin went the distance and allowed eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits with five strikeouts.
The momentum against the Storm continued in game two as senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) struggled. Lake Erie fell behind 10-0 after two innings with three errors hurting the cause. Lake Erie finally got on the board when freshman second baseman Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley) got her first career hit on an infield single which drove in redshirt freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) in the third inning. The Storm scored two more in the fifth as sophomore Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) led the inning off with a single and was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay). Dowen then struck again with an RBI single to right field to make the score 10-3.
The Storm loaded the bases in the sixth inning and it was again Dowen doing the damage with an RBI single scoring senior first baseman Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) to make the score 10-4. Lake Erie still had the bases loaded but a groundout down the first base line ended the rally.
Dowen went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in in just her second collegiate start. Klemp went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and reached on errors the other two at-bats. Havrilla also added two hits.
Ondercin came on in relief in game two and 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out five while allowing just two hits.
Lake Erie is in action again Thursday with a doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games.