LIMA, Ohio – Lake Erie saw a game-one lead vanish late and then came back to earn the team's first victory since April 9 – a span of 13 games – in Tuesday's nightcap against Northwestern Ohio.
The Racers (16-22) battled back from a 6-1 deficit, scoring three in the fifth and five in the sixth to pull out a 9-8 victory in the opener. The Storm (5-26) then flipped that script in game two, scoring six runs over their final two at-bats in winning, 11-5. The LEC offense cranked out 27 hits on the day, including a season-best 17 in the nightcap.
Darrian Yanek went a combined 4-for-6 with four doubles and three RBIs and was one of three Storm players (Maddi Klemp, Lindsay Valvoda) to log four hits on the day. Senior pitcher Amanda Anderson pitched in both games and in 6-2/3 innings, allowed just one unearned run on three singles. LEC's 11 runs in the nightcap also marked a season high.
In game one Lake Erie saw a 6-1 lead slip away as the host Racers sent a combined 19 batters to the plate in the fifth and six innings. The comeback undid the work of Valvoda and Yanek who went a combined 4-for-7 with three doubles and five RBIs.
In the second game, UNO pounced for three in the bottom of the first. But Lake Erie battled back with three in the second and one in the third to tie the game, 4-4. The bottom third of the Storm batting order came up big in the three-run second. Anderson, Kate-Lynn Urgo and Hannah Shevenell all had hits and scored runs in the inning.
The Storm and Racers traded solo runs in the fifth. Then, in the sixth, it was the top of the LEC order that came through. Valvoda led off the inning with a walk. Klemp then singled, setting up an RBI double by Yanek and an RBI ground-out by Hannah Francis.
The Storm then opened up a decisive lead when they put together five hits and a walk in a four-run seventh.
All of that offense was buoyed by Anderson who allowed just one unearned run in the fifth after she relieved Shevenell in the first. She closed out the win with a strikeout in the seventh.
Lake Erie's 11 runs and 17 hits marked their most since March 11, 2011, when an 18-hit barrage was part of a 13-4 win over Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Tuesday non-conference games marked the front half of a road trip that has the Storm slated to play two at Wayne State (Mich.) on Wednesday.
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