Five-Run 10th Inning Caps Wild Season Opening Win for Storm

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - A five-run 10th inning capped a wild season opener for the Lake Erie College baseball team in a 15-11 victory at St. Andrew's Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 28).

The Storm (1-0) took a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Jeff Brothers' pinch-hit two-run double off of freshman Patrick Sinko (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) tied the game and forced extra innings.

Junior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) drove in the go ahead run in the top of the 10th and freshman Patrick Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) followed with a two-run single. Sophomore Mike Morgan (Indian Lake, Ohio/Russells Point) doubled in Marker - his fourth hit of the game- and classmate Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) later walked with the bases loaded to score Lake Erie's final run.

Sinko, the fourth pitcher of the game for Lake Erie, surrendered a run in the bottom half of the inning, but escaped without further damage to earn his first career victory.

St. Andrews (1-14-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Storm responded with three in their half of the second, highlighted by sophomore Matt Vanni's (Willowick, Ohio/Cleveland Benedictine) two-run single.

Toth drove in a pair in a three-run fifth and a double by sophomore Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) made it a 9-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth. There, the Knights scored twice and followed with two more runs in the seventh to close the gap.

Morgan, who finished four-for-six at the plate, homered in the top of the ninth to push the margin to two before Brothers' game-tying hit.

Toth, James, Vanni and junior Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) each had two hits apiece. Toth and Kilway finished with three RBI while Leeworthy scored three runs.

Freshman Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) got the start and went 5 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Sinko (1-0) pitched three innings out of the pen to pick up the win.

Kyle Schneider took the loss for St. Andrews. He gave up five runs, four earned, in one inning. Josh Axelsen had three hits and drove in three runs for the Knights.

The Storm continues its spring break trip on Monday, March 1, with a single game at Pfeiffer University. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.