TIFFIN, OHIO – Sophomore Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) homered in both games and drove in seven runs as the Lake Erie College baseball team split a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at Tiffin University Saturday (April 13).
In game one, Lake Erie (8-21, 5-11 GLIAC) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth, but Colin Salee hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to give the Dragons (16-17, 10-8 GLIAC) a 4-3 win. Lindgren drove in five runs and junior Brad Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) pitched one-run ball into the seventh as the Storm picked up an 8-3 win in the nightcap.
Nick Rodesky (4-1) stymied the LEC offense for the first five innings of game one, allowing just three hits until senior Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) singled to lead off the sixth. Lindgren followed with a shot to right center to cut the Tiffin lead to 3-2. Freshman Zach DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) singled and stole second before scoring on a single by classmate Lou Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor)- his second hit of the game- to knot the score.
The Dragons, who earlier had a two-run homer by Ryan Williams, got a blast to centerfield by Salee off Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) leading off the sixth inning to go ahead. Greg Sombati worked a perfect seventh for the save.
Rodesky struck out seven and allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. Storm starter Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) allowed two earned runs (three total) in 4 2/3 innings but did not factor in the decision.
Lindgren and sophomore Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich/Warren De La Salle) each had three hits in game two and Lake Erie scored in all but two innings in building an 8-1 lead. The game was tied 1-1 after Williams stole home in the second but Lindgren put the Storm in front with a three-run home run in the third.
It was the third consecutive game with a home run for Lindgren, who tied DeCamp for the team lead with five on the season. Lindgren later added a two-run double.
DeCamp and Peterlin also drove in runs in the night cap.
The offense was plenty of support for Raley (1-3), who gave up just two hits through six innings. He left after allowing two hits and two runs with one out in the seventh before Kelley came on to retire the final two hitters.
Raley finished with two earned runs allowed (three total) on four hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Eric Klepper (2-4) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in four innings.
Mathews, Mosbrger and Lindgren all scored two runs in the nightcap.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series Sunday, April 14, with a single nine-inning game at noon.