COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Lake Erie College softball team was in action today as they split a double header with Ohio Dominican University.
The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the second when the Panthers scored two runs. The Panthers added a run in the third and took a 3-0 advantage. The Storm cut into the Panthers lead when Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) hit a solo homerun to make the score 3-1. The Panthers responded with two runs in the fifth and took a 5-1 advantage. The Storm responded with a run in the sixth when Allyson Hajnosz (Lordstown, Ohio / Lordstown) singled to drive in Savannah Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio / Lake Catholic), to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Panthers. The Panthers added three runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-2 lead. Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) got the Storm rolling in the seventh with a walk. Later in the inning Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio / Vermillion) walked, before Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio / South Range) reached and drove home Valvoda for the Storm. S. Karako singled up the middle to drive home Urgo, and E. Karako singled to left to score Marissa Rizzo (Northfield Center, Ohio / Nordonia). The Storm was unable to complete the comeback and fell, 8-5.
In game two, the Storm opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Urgo and Rizzo each reached base safely. The next batter up S. Karako doubled to right center and drove home Urgo. E. Karako hit a sacrifice fly to drive in S. Karako and give the Storm a 2-0 lead. The game remained 2-0 until the top of the fourth when the Panthers scored. The Storm regained their two run advantage in the bottom of the fourth when E. Karako hit her second homerun of the day. The Storm added three runs in the sixth when Hajnosz hit a three run homerun to give the Storm a 6-1 lead. The Storm won the game 6-1.
Hannah Shevenell (Madera, Calif. / Liberty) was in the circle in game two, she pitched a complete game and earned the win. Shevenell allowed only one run on two hits, while striking out two batters, and allowing no walks in the game for the Storm.
Lake Erie will be back in action Tuesday (April 5th) when they host Gannon University with the first game of the double header starting at 3 P.M.