Beach and Minnich Named Summer League All-StarsLake Erie's Adam Beach tossed a scoreless inning in the Prospects League All-Star game July 13th while Storm teammate Tyler Minnich was an all-star alternate in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. Each ranks among the leaders in wins and ERA in their respective summer leagues.
Ryan Rua Selected by Texas Rangers in MLB DraftLake Erie shortstop Ryan Rua was picked in the 17th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday (June 7) by the defending American League champion Texas Rangers. The first player in school history to be drafted, Rua was the 23rd pick of the round and 534th overall.
Rua Named to Daktronics All-America TeamLake Erie junior shortstop Ryan Rua is the first Storm baseball player to earn All-American honors after being named to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc. All-America Team as an honorable mention selection.
James and Rua Earn Spots on NCBWA All-Region TeamSenior OF Brandon James and junior SS Ryan Rua continued to collect postseason accolades and where named this week to the National College Baseball Writers Association All-Midwest Region Second Team.
Storm Places Three on ABCA All-Region TeamRyan Rua and Brandon James were named first-team All-Midwest Region by the coaches after earning second-team honors in 2010. Matt Toth was an ABCA second team selection while also taking home Gold Glove accolades.
Rua and James Named to Daktronics All-Region TeamJunior Ryan Rua and senior Brandon James were named to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc. Baseball All-Midwest Region First Team by a vote of the region's sports information directors. The two now advance to the national ballot for All-American consideration.
Storm Places Five on All-GLIAC Baseball TeamBrandon James and Ryan Rua were named to the All-GLIAC First Team while Matt Toth was a second-team pick. Jae Leeworthy and Doug Fox received honorable mention honors from the conference coaches. The all-league teams were announced on Thursday night (May 12).
Storm Suffers Setbacks at ODU, but Still in Playoff HuntBrandon James had two hits in each game, but Lake Erie's postseason chances took a hit on Thursday with 8-2 and 4-3 losses on the road at Ohio Dominican. However the Storm remains in the playoff picture heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Storm Baseball Heads Down To ODU ThursdayBaseball's key final week of the season will start a day later then originally scheduled as the Storm will now travel down to Ohio Dominican for a doubleheader Thursday (May 5) at 2:00 p.m.
Storm Spilts at Saginaw Valley, Reaches 20-Win PlateauCody Blood had a career-high four hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-best four runs and Zach Mobarger delivered the game-winning blast in the 12th inning as the Storm won a wild 8-6 extra innings contest in the opener to win its 20th game for the first time. Lake Erie rallied in game two, but fell short in a 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.
Storm Drops a Pair at Saginaw ValleyLake Erie was held to just three runs in the two games by Cardinals pitching and went down 3-1 and 7-2 in the first two games of their four-game set. Despite the game one loss, Adam Beach pitched a complete game allowing just three hits and two earned runs.
Softball Adds Pair Today; Baseball Moves Games To ThursdayThe Lake Erie College softball team added a pair of GLIAC games at Ashland University today (Wednesday, April 27) while the baseball team, originally scheduled to play Ashland, has pushed its games back to tomorrow (Thursday, April 28).
Storm Slugs Way to Saturday Sweep, Series WinRyan Rua hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, as the Storm outlasted Northwood 11-9 in game one Saturday. Jae Leeworthy and Zach Mosbarger each went deep in the fifth inning of game two as the Storm rallied for a 4-3 win.
Fielding Miscues Cost Storm in Series OpenerDespite a strong start from Michael Backes and a home run by Ryan Rua, a pair of errors by the Storm led to a five-run sixth inning and a 6-3 Northwood win in the series opener Friday. Game two was rained out.
Storm Falls in Opener at FindlayKyle Kemp and Matt Toth each had two hits, and the Storm had a three-run head after a half inning, but host Findlay scored in all six innings it batted on its way to a 17-4 win.
Storm Blasts Way to Sweep of Tiffin Behind Five Homers on SundayJae Leeworthy homered in both games and drove in a combined seven runs while Brayan Cacique also homered in each contest Sunday as the Storm swept a twinbill from visiting Tiffin on Sunday. LEC rallied from a 7-0 deficit for a 14-7 win in game one and Tyler Minnich tossed a complete game in the second for a 9-1 win and four-game series sweep of the Dragons.
Storm Takes Two from Tiffin on Saturday at Classic ParkMatt Toth drove in the winning run in game one after another strong start by Logan Nordquist and Brian Kilway followed with a complete game in the nightcap as Lake Erie swept a doubleheader from visiting Tiffin, 4-3 and 6-2, on Saturday in Eastlake.
Stewart Sparkles as Storm Splits at AshlandJunior Glenn Stewart tossed a six-hit shutout in a 6-0 game one victory Thursday. The Eagles took a back-and-forth game two that featured a little bit of everything, including the hidden ball trick, 5-4 in 10 innings.
Starters Strong as Storm Splits Sunday, Series at HillsdaleMichael Backes and Brian Kilway combined to scatter 10 singles, one walk and nine strikeouts in 13 innings of work on Sunday. After dropping game one 3-2 in eight innings, the Storm rebounded for a 5-3 win in game two to salvage a 2-2 weekend. Ryan Rua went 4-for-4 at the plate in the opener and had two more hits in game two while Brandon James drove in three runs on the day.
Storm Drops Pair to No. 4 Grand Valley on SundayMatt Toth had a pair of hits in each game, but the Storm dropped two games to visiting GVSU. Lake Erie fell 7-5 in the first game and trailed just 3-1 in the seventh of game two before a nine-run inning by GV resulted in a 12-1 setback.
Win Streak Halted by #4 Grand Valley in GLIAC OpenerBrandon James scored in each game and Logan Nordquist threw a solid game in the opener, but the Storm fell to GV 3-1 and 10-1 on Saturday in their home and conference openers. The two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday at Braggs Field in Rec Park.
Storm Sweeps UPJ to Extend Winning StreakSophomore Logan Nordquist hurled six innings and struck out eight as the Storm held on for a 5-4 win in game two. Adam Beach also threw six solid innings in the opener and the Storm offense- led by Brandon James and Jae Leeworthy- battered the Mountain Cats' ace in an 8-5 win.
Rua Named GLIAC Player of the WeekJunior Ryan Rua was named the first GLIAC Player of the Week of the 2011 season following his performance on the Storm's seven-game spring trip.
Storm Offense Explodes for Wednesday SweepLake Erie scored 29 runs in picking up its first two wins of the season on Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla. The Storm outslugged Oakland City 16-14 on the strength of a pair of three-run homers and then defeated Cedarville 13-8 behind Matt Toth's five hits and Matt Vanni's relief work in the nightcap.
Storm Falls to Saint Leo on Second Day of Spring TripRyan Rua was one of three Storm players with two hits and drove in a run, but Lake Erie fell behind 7-0 early and couldn't comeback against the host Lions in an 8-4 setback. Despite the loss, LEC did not committ an error and struck out just once in the contest.