YPISLANTI, MICH. – There is very little margin for error now for the Lake Erie College baseball team in its quest to win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after the sixth-seeded Storm fell to top-seeded Grand Valley State University, 8-0, Wednesday afternoon (May 8) in an opening round game at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
Lake Erie (17-29) will now play Saginaw Valley State University in an elimination game Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Mike Nadratowski scored on a wild pitch to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third and then the Lakers (29-14) broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Nadratowski singled in a run and scored in the frame and Stephen Claypool had a two-run single.
That was plenty for Lakers starter Anthony Campanella who tossed his fifth career shutout, limiting the Storm to just six hits in his nine innings. Campanella (7-4) struck out two and walked two and was aided by three double plays.
Junior Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing five total runs (three earned) on 10 hits. Kilway (3-4) struck out three but walked two and also had the wild pitch that led the Grand Valley State's first run.
Nadratowski added an RBI single during a two-run eighth and went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the GV offense. Four other Lakers had two hits in the game.
The Storm's six hits came from six different players.
Saginaw Valley lost to Wayne State University, 7-5, in their first round game. The Cardinals eliminated the Storm from last year's GLIAC Tournament in a 7-6, 15-inning thriller.
Grand Valley will play Ohio Dominican University, which lost to Ashland University 10-2, on Thursday.