Storm Strikes Early Against B-W

BEREA, Ohio (March 25, 2009) - Lake Erie College lost on the road to Baldwin-Wallace College, 12-8 Wednesday afternoon despite getting off to a good start with two runs in the top of the first. The green and white had two hits in the opening inning after a lead off double by freshman Patrick Stantial (West Farmington, Ohio/Southington) and a single by freshman Kyle Kemp (Spotsylvania, Va./James Monroe. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly scored both to put Lake Erie up 2-0.

The Yellow Jackets put three on the board in the bottom half of the inning before Lake Erie put two more runs up in the second with two more hits - a single by freshman Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) and another Stantial double. This time B-W answered with a five-run inning to go up 8-4. The hosts then tacked on another run in the fifth.

Lake Erie had a three-run seventh inning on four hits and one error. Vanni, Kemp, senior Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) and sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) all singled, bringing the Storm to within one at 9-8. B-W scored three runs in what would be the final inning of the night, before the game was called because of darkness.

Stantial went 3-for-5 with one run. Kemp went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and Vanni went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

Lake Erie (3-15) has a four-game series with Salem International this weekend with the first pitch of the opening game scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.