PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College softball were unable to overcome Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Northwood University in a doubleheader Sunday (April 7), falling to the Timberwolves 7-0 and 9-1.
The Timberwolves (19-12, 9-3 GLIAC) struck first in game one, scoring when Paige Shields scored on a Rachel Hammer sacrifice fly. The Timberwolves added runs in the top of the third off of a Sam Zaborowksi double to right center. After Northwood added another run in the fourth, the Storm (2-22, 0-14 GLIAC) threatened in the bottom of the sixth. Courtney Hawk (New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie) led the inning with a bunt single and worked her way over the to third base but Timberwolves pitcher Maddison Sebald ended the threat with a two-out strikeout. Northwood scored three runs in the top of the seventh and held the Storm off the board in the bottom of the frame to seal the win.
Meredith Scholle (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central), Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union), Kyleah Burton-Smiles (Columbus, Ohio/Grandview Heights) and Hawk all had singles for the Storm. Lake Erie was hampered by four errors.
Sebald picked up the win on the mound for the Timberwolves, allowing only three hits in six innings of work. Shields and Hammer had two hits a piece for Northwood while Maria Borkowsi had three RBI, including a two-run homerun.
The Storm got on the board first in game two in the second inning. After Burton-Smiles reached first on a bunt and advanced to second on a Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) sacrifice bunt moved her to second, Amanda Anderson (Streetsboro, Ohio/Streetsboro) knocked her in on a center to left field. The Timberwolves tied the game up in the bottom of the third off of a Shield's homerun to center field. Northwood gained a 7-1 lead in the same inning off a two-run double by Sam Zaborowski, a three-run off the bat of Lindsay Obremski and a solo homerun from Natalie Lapman.
Lake Erie threatened in the top of the fourth, loading bases on a walk to Katarina Davis (Independence, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) and hits by Bleck and Anderson but Northwood pitcher Casey Brown got the Timberwolves out of the jam with a two-out strikeout. Hammer added to the Timberwolve's lead with a solo homerun, fourth one for Northwood in the game, in the bottom of the fourth to put away the game.
Brown picked up the win on the mound for Northwood, giving up four hits and one run in four innings. Zaborowski led the Timberwolves with three hits and two RBI and Obremski had a game-high three RBI.
Anderson led the Storm with two hits and one RBI. Burton-Smiles scored the lone run for the Storm and had one hit. Gratz and Hawk also recorded hits for the Storm.
The Storm return to action on Wednesday, April 10, when they travel to Malone University for a GLIAC doubleheader.