Rua's Eight RBIs Can't Edge Out Opposition on Road

GREENSBURG, Pa. (March 18, 2009) - Lake Erie College remained on the road with two games on Wednesday - one against host Seton Hill and the other against Indiana (Pa.). The Storm lost 8-7 against IUP in game one action then lost another close battle to Seton Hill, 9-7.

Against IUP, the Storm fell behind 1-0 after two innings before putting together a four-run third inning to take over the lead. The green and white had just one hit in the inning - a single by freshman Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst) - but three wild pitches and an error aided the Storm's movement on the base paths. Lake Erie then scored one run in the top of the fourth and two in the fifth and entered the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied at seven. With two outs, a walk and hit by pitch put two runners on for the home team with the winning run scoring on a double. The Storm finished the game with seven hits and no errors. Rua went 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs.

In the nightcap against Seton Hill, Lake Erie scored four runs in the top of the first and looked to be sitting pretty with a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. A three hit at bat for the Griffins also included three walks and two wild pitches, resulting in five runs, which added to a run scored earlier, tied the game at six. The hosts scored the go-ahead run an inning later beore scoring twice more for insurance. The Storm scored its final run in the top of the ninth on four hits - all singles - from sophomore Dan Dowdell (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville), senior Harry Konrad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), freshman Patrick Stantial (West Farmington, Ohio/Southington) and Rua. The team totaled 10 hits and another errorless performance in the field as compared to Seton Hill's 11 hits and three errors. Rua went 3-for-5 with a run and five RBIs with a two-run home run in the first. Stantial went 2-for-4 with two runs and sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Lake Erie (1-13) will play at home for the first time this season at 3 p.m. Thursday against Case Western Reserve University at Recreation Park in downtown Painesville.