Storm Sweeps Gannon in Day Two Action

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (April 11, 2009) - After splitting with Gannon University on Friday, Lake Erie College came back to sweep its guests in day two action, 8-7 and 13-10 in order to post its first three-game winning streak of the season.

The opening game of the afternoon had the Storm sitting on a comfortable 7-1 lead after three complete innings before the Golden Knights rallied their way back to a tie in the top of the seventh then sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Dan Dowdell (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) and freshman Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) walked to begin the inning. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) moved each of the runners up a base with just one out to bring up the top of the Storm's order. Sophomore Patrick Stantial (West Farmington, Ohio/Southington) was intentionally walked to load the bases for pinch hitter senior Harry Konrad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). In his first and only at bat of the day, Konrad sent one over the right fielder's head as a one-hopper off the fence in order to score the winning run.

Sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) went 3-for-5 recording three of the team's hits that went for extra bases with two doubles and a triple. He had two runs and two RBIs. Lott went 2-for-3 with one run and sophomore Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had two RBIs.

Senior starting pitcher Paul Roskos (Timberlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) went five innings with five strikeouts without a decision. It was the team's third reliever of the game who earned the win. Freshman Cameron Castro (Lorain, Ohio/Southview) improved to 2-1 on the season in two innings without a run.

In the final game of the four-game weekend series, both teams scored in bunches early on with the score being tied at 10 after just two and a half innings. The Storm went ahead in the bottom of the third after a single by Stantial and a two-run home run by senior Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal). It was his second round tripper of the game after having tied the score at 10 with a grand slam just one inning prior. Lake Erie then added a single run in the fifth.

The Storm finished the game with 12 total hits. Stantial went 2-for-3 with three runs, freshman Ryan Rua went 2-for-3 with three runs, a double and an RBI and senior John Shaposka (Mentor, Ohio/Cornerstone Christian) was also 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Reed was the big hitter of the game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and seven RBIs.

Again it was a reliever that earned the victory - freshman Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) went four and two thirds innings, striking out two and giving up no runs. It was his first collegiate win and he is now 1-0.

Lake Erie (8-22) is on a three-game winning streak for the first time this season. It travels to Clarion University on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader.