Kilway and Nordquist Shine But Storm Bats Slump in Saturday Split

Brian Kilway (Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko)
Brian Kilway (Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko)

MIDLAND, MICH. – The Lake Erie College baseball team got a pair of excellent starts from sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and junior Logan Nordquist on Saturday (April 21), but host Northwood University got equally great pitching from its two starters as the teams combined for four individual complete games in a split of the first two games of this four game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) series in Midland, Mich.

The Storm (19-17, 15-7 GLIAC) won game one 2-1, while the Timberwolves (18-16, 8-14 GLIAC) took game two 1-0.  The split drops the Storm two games behind league-leading Grand Valley State University.

In the opener, Kilway (5-1) dominated four six of his seven innings, allowing just one run in the third after Northwood loaded the bases with one out.  The second-year hurler held the Timberwolves to just two hits on the day, striking out five. He walked one and also hit a batter.

The Storm scored both its runs in the fourth.  Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezulea/John I. Leonard/Lakeland C.C.) singled with one out and advanced to third on a double by Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge).  A sacrifice fly by Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) tied the game and Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/South) followed with a single to score Kilway and give the Storm the lead.

After that Kilway set down 12 of the final 13 he faced, including 11 straight at one point, to best Nortwhood's Mark Heard (2-5). Heard pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in seven innings.

Game two played out much the same way.  Nordquist was just as good as Kilway was in game one, going the distance for the second time in his last three starts.  His only blemish came in the fourth, when the Timberwolves put together three straight hits, capped off by Jake Labrecue's RBI single. 

But unfortunately for Nordquist (2-3), that deficit was too much for the Storm offense to overcome, as Luke Bivens kept the LEC offense in check.  Bivens (2-2) scattered five hits and two walks in his seven innings and struck out six. 

The only real threat Lake Erie mounted came in the fifth when the Storm loaded the bases with just one out.  But Bivens struck out Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) and got Cacique to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Nordquist allowed seven hits and walked two in six innings. 

Cory Colucci went 3-for-3 in game two for Northwood and was the only player on either team to have more than one hit in a game.

The two teams wrap up their series on Sunday, April 22, beginning at noon.

-LEC-