PAINESVILLE, OHIO – After combining for 17 runs in one game the day before, the Lake Erie College baseball team and visiting Ashland University put up just six total runs in splitting a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Braggs Field Wednesday (April 3).
The Storm (7-17, 4-7 GLIAC) took the first game, 2-1, before 14th-ranked Ashland (19-7, 8-3 GLIAC) battled back to take game two 3-0.
Sophomore Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) held the Eagles to just three hits in six innings to pick up his first win of the season and senior Patrick Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) provided all the offense with a two-run home run in the opener.
Hogue (1-2) allowed just a run and walked two with two strikeouts to pick up his second career win against Ashland. He was backed early by Kilway's big fly to right in the third, his first of the season. The Eagles got one run back on Tyler Gray's RBI double in the fourth, but Hogue was able to escape a bases-loaded jam and further damage by retiring the final eight hitters he faced.
Vince Frate (1-2) was nearly as good for the Eagles. He went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits in his six innings with a walk and two strikeouts, but suffered the hard-luck loss.
Sophomore Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) came on to work a hitless seventh for his first save.
The Eagles took advantage of a pair of Storm errors early in game two to score once in the first and again in the fourth and take a 2-0 lead into the fifth when Tyler Bires cleared the center field fence on the first pitch of the inning to make it a 3-0 game.
Ashland looked to tack on some more in the sixth but freshman Lou Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) made a diving catch in the gap off a line drive by Alex Sortwell and got to his feet in time to double off Tyler Gray at first.
The Storm put two on and got into the Ashland bullpen in the sixth, but Eric Vaughan was able to get out of trouble and maintain the Eagles' advantage. Vaughan then worked a scoreless seventh to secure the save.
Jake Baldwin (2-0) outdueled junior Brad Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) by throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed four hits and walked three while striking out four.
Raley (0-3) was solid throughout, making just the mistake to Bires. He was charged with just one earned run (three total) on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and did not walk a hitter in his strongest outing of the year.
Sophomore Josh Hudeck (Macedonia, Ohio/Trinity/Ashland) had two hits and was on base for times for the Storm. Austin Walts had two hits for the Eagles in the nightcap.
The Storm continue their six-game homestand with a three-game weekend series against Saginaw Valley State University starting Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m.