MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Head coach Brian McGee won his 100th career game as the Lake Erie College baseball team picked up its first win of the season with a 10-3 victory over Pfeiffer University in the opening game of a nonconference doubleheader Thursday (March 7) at Joe Ferebee Field. Pfeiffer came back to take the second game, 3-2.
A solo home run by Izzy Perez in the second inning gave Pfeiffer (6-14) an early 1-0 lead. Lake Erie tied it with an unearned run in the fourth and then briefly went ahead in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Zach DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales). A two-run single by Kevin Price put the Falcons back on top in the bottom half, 3-2.
But from that point out, it was all Storm (1-8) as Lake Erie scored six times in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-out three-run triple by senior Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut). Freshman Matthew Arvomov (Shelby Township, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) and sophomore Josh Hudeck (Macedonia, Ohio/Trinity/Ashland) also drove in a run in that frame.
The Storm then scored two more runs in the seventh on a throwing error by Pfeiffer second baseman Kyle Hackney.
The run support was more than enough for junior Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) who went the distance for his first victory of the season. Kilway (1-1) allowed three runs, all earned, on six hits in seven innings and struck out a career-high nine batters in his sixth career complete game.
Blood and senior Zach Mosbarger (Bellfontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) each had two hits in the opener while DeCamp drove in two runs, despite seeing his season-opening hit streak come to an end.
Jacob Yates had two hits for the Falcons. Dylan Norris (0-2) allowed four runs in five-plus innings to suffer the loss.
With the win, McGee joins men's basketball coach Cliff Hunt as the only two coaches with 100 or more career victories at Lake Erie College. Now in his sixth year, McGee has an overall record of 100-151, including 48 wins since 2011. Prior to his arrival, Lake Erie won a total of 49 games in the program's first six seasons.
Perez was the difference in game two, as his two-run homer in the sixth inning erased a 2-1 Storm lead and gave the Falcons the split.
Prior to that point, Pfeiffer did little against Storm senior Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge). Fox (0-1) took a shutout into the fifth and allowed just a run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings before Perez went deep. The two-time All-GLIAC reliever walked one and struck out a career high six in his third career starter.
Lake Erie put two on with one out in the seventh, before Tyler Ring got out of the jam to pick up his first save.
After being held hitless for the first time all year in the opener, DeCamp connected for his first collegiate home run in the first to give the Storm the early lead. They upped it to 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Blood.
DeCamp and senior Patrick Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) each went two-for-four to lead the Storm offense.
Hackney atoned for his first-game error with a three-hit effort in game two. Ethan Greene (1-3) of pitch just 1/3 of an inning to pick up the win in relief of starter Keith Little who allowed the two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Thursday's doubleheader wrapped up the Storm's spring break trip. Lake Erie resumes the northern portion of its schedule next Wednesday, March 13 with a nonconference doubleheader at Cedarville University.