By Tyler Stotsky
The Lake Erie softball team is coming off of a very successful Spring Break trip in Clermont, Florida. They went 5-5 on the trip with one win occurring every day. Ten games were played in five doubleheaders and the theme of the week for the Storm was splitting.
They picked up wins over Georgian Court (11-2 in five innings), USciences (8-5), West Liberty (12-3 in 5 innings) and two wins over Felician (10-1 in 6 innings and 12-7). Three of the wins were run-shortened games
Head coach Stephanie Smith was pleased with the success of the season-opening trip as a whole, "We had a much better team start to the season this year. We spent the week trying out different lineups and batting orders until we found one that worked best". The Storm went 1-8 on the Florida trip during the 2014 season.
The Storm offense hit at a .327 AVG/.371 OBP/.433 SLG clip for the 10 games in the Sunshine State. The contributions were coming from all ends as the Storm had seven players over .300 for the week. Kate-Lynn Urgo, Savannah Karako, and Allyson Hajnosz batted over .400 and Lindsey Valvoda, Marissa Rizzo, Jessacca Gironda; Elizabeth Karako batted over .300 for the Storm.
Junior middle infielder Kate-Lynn Urgo led the team with a .467 batting average in 15 at-bats. Urgo had seven runs batted in her at-bats. "Kate-Lynn came through in clutch situations when we needed runs and she will see a lot of time between SS and 2B throughout the season".
Freshman utility player and leadoff hitter Savannah Karako began her collegiate career with a week of hitting .455 with a .526 on-base percentage. She had a team-high 15 hits and is second on the team with eight RBI.
Freshman third baseman Allyson Hajnosz started her collegiate career with a bang as she hit three homeruns in three straight days. She hit .452 for the week with 14 hits, including one double, one triple and the three homers. She leads the Storm with 15 RBI, five walks and an on-base percentage of .528.
The Storm will have two more non-conference doubleheaders before GLIAC play. They will travel to Wheeling Jesuit on March 17th and Ursuline on March 25th before they open the GLIAC and home schedule with against Wayne State on the 28th.
Coach Smith has some high hopes for the remainder of the 2015 season after the Florida trip successes. "We're really excited and ready to compete in the GLIAC this year. We're expecting a lot of contributions from our freshmen class just as much as the returners this year".