PAINESVILLE OHIO – GLIAC North leading No. 17 Grand Valley State University (36-10, 19-7 GLIAC) broke out an offensive explosion with 29 hits in two games in a pair of wins over Lake Erie College (5-26, 2-22 GLIAC) at GVSU Softball Field in Allendale, Mich.
The Lakers took game one, 9-0 in six innings and game two, 13-3.
Lake Erie was able to get leadoff singles in each of the first two innings of game one but was unable to do anything else with the runners. In the bottom of the second, the Lakers struck first with two runs on three hits, a walk, an error and a hit batter. Lake Erie got multiple runners on base with one out in the top of the fourth but a double play killed the rally. In the bottom of the frame, Grand Valley added two more runs as a leadoff double and a costly error spurred the rally.
Lake Erie was unable to get a baserunner in either of the last two innings as GVSU ended the contest early in the bottom of the sixth with five runs, capped by a three-run walkoff homer by Tonya Calkins.
On the mound, sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) allowed nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits. Senior first baseman Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) went 2-for-2 in game one with redshirt freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) and sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison).
Grand Valley picked up three runs on a first inning home run off Lake Erie senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) but Ronde got out of the second and third innings. In the fourth, four straight Lakers hits led to a 5-0 lead and Ronde's departure from the game. Game two threatened to end in the sixth inning as game one did when GVSU got five runs off the Storm bullpen in the top of the sixth inning but Lake Erie scored three runs to extended the game when the Storm put together six straight singles. The Lakers added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin.
Lake Erie had 10 hits in game two but surrendered 17. Klemp and Brotzman each had a pair with eight Storm players picking up hits. Sophomores Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) each drove in runs.
Lake Erie wraps up a 14-game road swing Wednesday as it faces GLIAC South leading Ashland University at 3:30 p.m.