PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College softball team (5-34, 2-20 GLIAC) competed but was unable to get a positive result, falling to Hillsdale College, 9-1 in five innings and 4-2 at Williams Field in Hillsdale, Mich.
In game one, Lake Erie struck first with a solo run in the first inning. Freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) led off with a bunt single, was sacrificed to second on a bunt by junior Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), moved to third on a hit to left-center by senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison). It was that top four in the order which did all of the Storm's damage in game one with all five hits as each player had at least one with Foley going 2-for-2 with a double.
The Lake Erie lead was short-lived as sophomore starter Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) gave up runs in every inning. The Chargers but up two runs in each of the first four innings and ended the game on a Kristi Gordon single to end the game. Ondercin allowed nine runs on 11 hits and four walks.
In game two, Hillsdale kept their offense going, getting to Lake Erie senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) for three runs in the first inning. The Chargers Jessica Guertin hit a solo home run to left center to extend their lead to 4-0 in the third inning. In the bottom of the third, Lake Erie got on the board Klemp and Brotzman singled and Foley brought in Klemp with a sacrifice fly.
The score stayed that way until the sixth when Foley hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. The Storm got a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs in the inning but a line out ended the rally and Lake Erie went down in order in the seventh.
Brotzman had a pair of hits in game two.
Lake Erie closes out its GLIAC road weekend tomorrow when they faced Grand Valley State University with a noon start.