LAKE ERIE (10-8, 4-1 GLIAC) at FINDLAY (4-11, 1-4 GLIAC)
Sunday (2 p.m. DH), Monday (2 p.m.)
Fifth Third Field (Findlay, Ohio)
Lake Erie heads to Findlay for a weather-delayed Sunday-Monday, three-game, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series.
For the Green & White, last week's 4-1 performance against ODU and Northwood (Mich.) represented a remarkable one-week turnaround. The Storm were outscored, 16-4, in four games at California (Pa.) in the previous week (March 15-16). In LEC's five games last week -- two in Columbus and three neutral-site games in Chillicothe, Ohio -- the Storm averaged 9.4 runs per game. Lake Erie got a pair of marvelous pitching performances against Ohio Dominican. Starters Brad Raley and Brian Kilway each garnered complete-game wins against the Panthers on March 20. The duo combined to allow just three runs on 10 singles over 14 innings.
Findlay heads into the Sunday-Monday set having lost 5-of-its-last-6 games. The Oilers have thus far yielded 6.0 runs per game this season. They are averaging 3.7 RPG offensively.
FROSH BAT GOES POW: On Monday Lake Erie freshman left fielder Lucas Raley was named GLIAC Player of the Week for games the week of March 17. In five games last week – all against GLIAC foes -- Raley batted .591 (13-of-22) with four doubles and seven RBIs. The Hinckley, Ohio, native had multiple hits in 4-of-5 games on the week, and he scored nine runs as the lead cog in a Storm offense that averaged 9.4 runs per game against Ohio Dominican and Northwood (Mich.). ... On the season, Raley is slugging .547, a figure that ranks second among GLIAC batters with more than 50 at-bats. He owns a .359 (23-of-64) batting average and has garnered four doubles, a triple and two home runs – along with 14 RBIs – on his early-season box scores. ... Raley is the first LEC position player to be tabbed as the circuit's Player of the Week since Ryan Rua (2009-11) in March of 2011. He is the first GLIAC freshman to earn the weekly nod since 2012.
THE CHILLICOTHE MARATHON: In last Saturday's opener in a twin bill against Northwood, Lake Erie played a three-hour-and-two minute game, its longest of the season. The record didn't last long -- the LEC-NU nightcap that afternoon went into extra innings and clocked in at 3:10.
LEADING MEN: For the season Lake Erie batters own a .390 OBP when leading off an inning. In last weekend's Northwood series, the Storm posted a .440 mark in such situations. Second baseman Josh Hudeck (.417 OBP), Lucas Raley (.438) and catcher Dylan Yankle (.438) are LEC's leaders in getting on base to start an inning.
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