(Not so) Sweet 16: Storm falter at home, lose 16-9, to Malone

(Not so) Sweet 16: Storm falter at home, lose 16-9, to Malone

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie pitchers surrendered their most runs in a game this season, as the Storm came up on the losing end of a Braggs Field slugfest on Thursday. The Malone Pioneers posted crooked numbers in each of the final five frames, as they defeated the Storm, 16-9.

The Pioneers ripped LEC hurlers to the tune of 11 extra-base hits in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest on a chilly, overcast afternoon in Painesville, Ohio. Malone (18-28, 13-17 GLIAC) banged out seven doubles and four home runs en route to an 18-hit game. Lake Erie (26-17, 20-10) has now lost 3-of-4 since winning 10 in a row from April 12-22.

LEC pitching had no answer for Malone's No. 4, 5 and 6 batters, who went a combined 11-for-15 with 13 RBIs. MU catcher Matt Davis batted sixth and went 4-for-6, hit two home runs and drove in seven in a game that saw the Pioneers score three runs in the fifth inning, two in the sixth, two in the seventh, four in the eighth and three in the ninth.

The 16 runs allowed mark Lake Erie's most in a single game since April 6, 2013.

Russ Hogue started the game for Lake Erie. Hogue wriggled out of a jam in the Malone first, standing runners at second and third. He was rewarded just minutes later when a Lucas Raley double plated two runs, giving LEC a 2-0 lead. Garrett Emling had an RBI single later in the inning, a frame that saw the Storm bat eight, and when Hogue toed the rubber at the beginning of the second, he did so with a 3-0 lead.

The Storm right-hander allowed a one-out double in the second, but managed to escape without yielding a run. In the third, however, Hogue gave up two more doubles, and the Pioneers scored two runs to pull within one.

Hogue was opposed by senior right-hander Taylore Baker, who went into the game with an earned run average of 2.40 in 12 starts. But Lake Erie tacked on four runs in their half of the third to build its lead to 7-2. The Storm would need those runs and more.

Hitting three home runs in the process, Malone scored five runs over the fifth and sixth innings. The Pioneers clipped Hogue for those three round-trippers plus four doubles before knocking him out in the top of the sixth.

Both sides traded two-run homers in the seventh, with Aaron Lindgren handling LEC's side of the ledger. The game went into the eighth with the score tied, 9-9, and MU broke that tie when shortstop Kyler King doubled in a run to start a four-run attack. Lake Erie pitchers issued three walks in the inning and allowed the Pioneers' ninth extra-base hit of the contest.

But MU would tack on two more extra-base hits in scoring the final seven runs of the game. They did so against the relief crew of D.J. Stastny, Brandon Grunda and Austin Previtt.

For the game, Malone went 6-of-16 with runners in scoring position.

The Lake Erie offense – which scored its most runs in a contest since April 13 – was paced by Aaron Lindgren who added a double to his home run in going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Emling and Raley also collected two hits on the afternoon. Josh Hudeck reached base three times.

 


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