CLERMONT, Fla. – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they played a double header against both Seton Hill and Wheeling Jesuit. The Storm defeated Seton Hill, 5-4 in game one, but fell to Wheeling Jesuit in game two, 11-5, with the split the Storm is 3-1 on the season.
The Storm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) hit a homerun to left and drove in Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic). The Griffins tied the game at 2-2 with a two run homerun in the top of the second. The Storm regained the lead when Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) reached on a fielder's choice and drove in Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) who doubled earlier in the inning. The Griffins tied the game at 3 runs apiece in the top of the fourth. The Griffins took a 4-3 lead with a run in the sixth. The Storm loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. Allyson Deemer (Poland, Ohio / Poland Seminary) hit a line drive into left field to drive in both Ariel Birtley (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Kylie Chandler (Ashland, Ohio / Ashland HS) for a walk off win. The Storm won, 5-4.
The Storm scored first in game two when Hajnosz scored on a double by Shevenell. Later in the inning Birtley drove in both Shevenell and Nicole Grimmett (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva), to give the Storm a 3-0 lead after two innings. The Storm added to their lead in third when Hajnosz singled to center to score Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia). The next batter Chandler, singled up the middle and drove home S. Karako. The Cardinals responded with two runs and trailed the Storm 5-2 in the fourth. The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth to tie the game at 5 runs apiece. Deemer shut down the Cardinals in the top of the seventh to give the Storm a chance in the bottom of the seventh, but the game went to extra innings. The Cardinals scored six runs in extra innings to win the game, 11-5.
In the circle for the Storm was Deemer, she pitched a complete game in game one and earned her second win in as many starts. She gave up three earned runs on six hits, struck out five batters, and did not allow a walk. Shevenell started game two, pitched four solid innings as she only allowed one earned run on four hits.
Lake Erie will be back in action tomorrow as they play a double header against Wheeling Jesuit and West Virginia Wesleyan at 9 A.M. and 11 A.M. respectively.