NORTH CANTON, Ohio— The Lake Erie College softball team dropped both ends of a double-header against Ferris State University Tuesday (April 1).
The Bulldogs took game one 6-2 and game two 7-1.
Elizabeth Karako (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) led the Storm with three hits and three RBI for the day. Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) had two hits and two runs.
Ferris State posed the first threat of the game in the bottom of the second but with two outs and a runner on first and third, Amanda Anderson (Streetsboro, Ohio/Streetsboro) recorded a strikeout to strand the runners. However, the Bulldogs put five runs on the board the following inning to take control.
Trailing 5-0, Gratz started the fourth by reaching second on an error. Darrian Yanek (Youngstown, Ohio/South Ridge) followed up with a single up the middle to advance Gratz to third. The next batter, Karako, continued the rally for the Storm, singling to right center to drive in Gratz and put the Storm on the board. The Bulldogs defense got out of the inning with two Storm runners left on base.
Ferris State added one in the fifth to tick the lead back to five. Trailing in the seventh, Gratz reached base with a single to center field. Once again, Yanek followed up with a hit which advanced Gratz to third. Karako recorded her second RBI of the game with a single through the left side to score Gratz but it was not enough as the Storm fell in game one.
Gratz ended the game with two runs and two hits. Karako tallied three hits and both RBI while Yanek had two hits. Anderson, Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) and Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) also had a hit.
The Bulldogs got out of the gates fast, amassing a 4-0 lead in the first. Lindsay Valvoda (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led off the second inning with a double to left field but was left on base.
After the Bulldogs gained a 7-0 advantage by the sixth inning, the Storm got on the board. Hannah Francis hit a double and then advanced to third on an error. Karako then hit her third RBI of the day on a sac fly to score Francis. But the Bulldogs defense held on to wrap-up the game.
Valvoda and Francis registered the only two hits for the Storm in game two- both doubles.
The Storm is back in action Friday (April 5) for a double-header against Lake Superior State University.