Lake Erie Still Looking for the Win Record

EASTLAKE, Ohio (April 26, 2009) - Celebrating senior day at Classic Park Sunday afternoon, Lake Erie College will have to wait until another day to reach the season win record after losing to Urbana University, 7-5 and 3-2. After beating the Knights twice at Rec Park on Saturday, the Storm was unable to make it a clean sweep on Sunday.

The contests marked the beginning of the final week of collegiate baseball for the six seniors of Harry Konrad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Dan Mason (Eastlake, Ohio/North), Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal), Paul Roskos (Timberlake, Ohio/Eastlake North), John Shaposka (Mentor, Ohio/Cornerstone Christian) and Ben Willis (Akron, Ohio/Coventry), in addition to junior Vince Hug (Eastlake, Ohio/North) who will be graduating after fall semester next year. All seven were called into action in at least one of the games, after being honored prior to the day's first pitch.

In game one, Urbana took a 2-0 lead before the Storm tied the score with single runs in the second and third innings. Sophomore Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was the first to cross the plate on a gutsy run home in the second inning on a ball hit to the pitcher. He waited on third for the throw to first and then avoided the tag a second later to put the Storm on the board. In the following inning, Willis hit his second career homer to tie things up. Lake Erie scored two go-ahead runs in the fourth inning - both on RBI singles by Konrad and freshman Michael Morgan (Russells Point, Ohio/Indian Lake). The Knights put together a four-run fourth inning and then added an insurance run in the seventh. Lake Erie scored its final run of the game in the sixth inning before leaving one runner on base in the seventh while Urbana fanned the side.

Seven different players accounted for the Storm's seven hits as the team didn't commit a single error.

In game two, Urbana scored in the top of the first and held the lead until Lake Erie knotted things up in the bottom of the second on a double down the right-field line by Konrad and an RBI single up the middle by freshman Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic). The score remained even until Urbana scored twice in the sixth on three hits. The Storm got one more run in the bottom of the inning after two hits and two errors. The at bat included a double down the left-field line by James, a single by Shaposka and a sacrifice fly by Konrad.

The team totaled six hits in the game with a 2-for-3 effort by James.

Lake Erie (15-32) returns to Classic Park for a nine-inning game against Seton Hill University on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The gates open at 3 p.m. and admission is $5.