CANTON, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team split their doubleheader today (April 15th) against Malone. With the split the Storm is 8-16 overall and 2-10 in conference play, and with the split Malone is 4-24 overall and 1-16 in conference play.
The Storm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) laid down a sacrifice bunt to allow Jessacca Gironda (Kent State) to cross the plate. Malone answered back with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. The Pioneers scored a run in the fourth to make the score, 2-1 in favor of Malone. The Storm took a 3-2 lead when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) singled to left and drove in Ariel Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Gironda to give the Storm a 3-2 advantage in the fifth. Malone tied the game at 3-3, with a run in the fifth. Darrain Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) pinch hit in the sixth and singled to drive in pinch runner Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia) to give the Storm a 4-3 lead. L Karako double and drove in Hajnosz and Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) to give the Storm a 6-3 advantage in the top of the seventh. Lake Erie held on to win the game 6-3.
In game two Malone took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the Storm answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. L. Karako singled up the middle to drive in both Urgo and Hajnosz and later in the inning Yanek singled and drove in L. Karako to give the Storm a 3-1 advantage after the first. Malone scored four runs in the fourth and took a 5-3 advantage. The Storm scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) ripped a doubled to right to score, Hajnosz and L. Karako, to tie the game at five runs apiece. Malone scored in the eight to take a 6-5 advantage, and held on to win the game.
In the circle for game one was Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio / Brookside) she pitched a complete game and received her sixth win on the season. Ondercin allowed three earned runs on 10 hits. Ondercin had eight strikeouts and only one walk on the day.
Lake Erie will be back in action Friday (April 17th) when they host Saginaw Valley St. with the first game of the double header starting at 3 P.M.