PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College baseball team picked up two vital wins on its path to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) playoffs, winning both parts of a doubleheader against Northwood University, 12-5 and 4-1 on Saturday (May 4) in Painesville.
The Timberwolves (16-25, 11-18 GLIAC) threatened in the top of the first with one out of game one, but Adam Beach (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) got the Storm (17-27, 14-17 GLIAC) out of the jam with a strikeout and shallow fly ball. After Lake Erie pitched its way out of another loaded bases jam in the second, the Storm loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame. With Josh Hudeck (Macedonia, Ohio/Trinity/Ashland) on third base, Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in the game's first run.
The Timberwolves took the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. The Timberwolves threatened a fourth run in the frame but rightfielder Garret Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadege) threw out a Northwood runner at home plate to end the inning. However, the Storm regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Mosbarger had his second RBI of the game, driving in Hudeck once again. In the next ab-bat, an Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) single drove in Zach DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales). After Lindgren advanced to second on a hit batsman, he scored on a close play at the play following a Timberwolve's fielding error. The lead would be short lived as Northwood scored two run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at five.
Lake Erie broke the game open in the top of the fifth, putting up seven runs. Hudeck and Decamp drew walks to start the inning. Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Salle) then singled to drive in Hudeck to give the Storm a 6-5 lead. Mosbarger drew a walk to load the bases followed by a walk to Lindgren which brought home Decamp to give the Storm a two-run advantage. Another walk, this time to Emling, brought home Mathews. The next batter, Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) got hit by a pitch to bring Mosbarger home. Dylan Yankle (Dublin, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) followed up with a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Lindgren. Patrick Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) was then hit by a pitch to once again load the bases. A Hudeck sacrifice fly scored Emling from third followed by a Decamp single to score Blood from second to end the Storm scoring for the frame and sealing the win.
Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) picked up the win for the Storm, his fifth of the season, going two innings, giving up one earned run. Starting pitcher Beach went four innings, giving up two earned runs.
Yankle and Mosbarger led the Storm offense with two RBI apiece. Hudeck had three runs while Lindgren, Emling and Decamp had two runs apiece.
The Storm struck first once again in game two. After Lindgren led off the inning on the walk, he worked his way to second on an Emling single to third on a passed ball. Lindgren would then scored on a Blood single through the left side. Emling scored the second run of the game at the next at-bat on a Kilway groundout. A Decamp double brought Emling home to give the Storm a three-run lead after the first inning.
In the fourth inning, the Storm tacked on one more run off a Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina) sacrifice fly which scored Decamp to make the score 4-0.
That was all the run support the Storm needed as pitcher Brad Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Highland) went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight. Heath Kelley picked up the save, his third of the year, striking out one in 2/3 innings of work.
The Storm return to action Sunday (May 5) for their regular season finale, a game three against Northwood on senior day.