April 5, 2014

Cardinals take opener, 13-1

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) exploded for 19 hits in a 13-1 win over Lake Erie on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals scored nine runs off ace starter Brad Raley and went on to hold that lead with ease, as four SVSU pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

With the loss the Storm (12-13, 6-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) fell back to .500 in GLIAC play. Saginaw Valley (6-14, 3-7) had been 1-5 over its six previous contests.

Raley – who went into Saturday's game with a season ERA of 2.17 – allowed eight straight batters to reach in a six-run Cardinal second. He wouldn't get out of the fourth before yielding nine runs. The LEC offense wasn't on its game either. The Storm were held to four singles by SVSU starter Andrew Geese. Lake Erie is batting .222/.284/.300 (batting/on-base/slugging) and averaging less than three runs per game over its last seven contests.

Saginaw scored six in the second, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh. LEC tallied its lone run in the eighth when two Cardinal errors followed a leadoff single by Austin Bovenzi. SVSU committed four errors in the game.

The Cardinals went a robust 8-of-16 with runners in scoring position. Lake Erie went 0-for-5.

Saturday's meeting with the Cardinals was scheduled as a doubleheader but due to the weekend forecast was played as a single game. The Storm and Cardinals will meet on Sunday in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.  


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