MIDLAND, Mich. – Lake Erie closed out a busy weekend by dropping both ends of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Northwood (Mich.) on Sunday.
The Storm, who played two games in North Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, lost by scores of 8-0 and 11-10. Lake Erie (3-18, 0-10 GLIAC) has now lost 10 straight games, with all 10 being league contests. The league's top home-run-hitting team – the Timberwolves – hit four home runs on the day in upping their conference record to 6-2.
Game 1 Amanda Anderson started the first game for Lake Erie. Anderson and the Storm fell behind, 1-0, on a leadoff home run by Sam Zaborowski in the second inning.
That run would be the lone digit on the Fisher Stadium scoreboard until the fifth when Anderson experienced some control problems amid a Timberwolves rally. In that fifth frame, Northwood collected five hits and they put those together with two walks and a hit batter to plate five. Darrian Yanek relieved Anderson at the tail end of the fifth; she and Katarina Davis would finish out the game.
NU starter Casey Brown allowed just two hits through her first four innings. Elizabeth Karako doubled and Maddi Klemp singled in the fifth, but Brown escaped the inning without allowing a run. The Timberwolves then outscored LEC, 2-0, in the sixth to earn a run-rule victory.
Northwood (15-9, 6-2) outhit Lake Erie, 11-6, with Karako and Klemp each providing two hits in the contest. NU batters reached off an inning five times in six attempts, and the Timberwolves went 4-of-10 with runners in scoring position.
Game 2 Both teams scored two runs in the first inning of game No. 2. The Timberwolves then jumped out to a sizeable lead with a five-spot in the top of the second.
Those seven NU runs were scored off freshman starter Hannah Shevenell, who allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks over an inning-and-two-thirds. The Timberwolves hit two home runs off Shevenell, who was spelled by Amanda Anderson in the third.
NU upped its lead to 8-2 in the third. In the fifth Lake Erie got a run back, and in the sixth the Storm leapfrogged Northwood by exploding for seven runs on two hits and two NU errors. Shevenell hit a three-run home run in the seven-run outburst, and the Storm went into the seventh leading, 10-8.
In the top of the seventh, the Timberwolves got a leadoff walk and then a single. Back-to-back singles with one out tied the game, and then Northwood got a two-out, go-ahead run on an LEC fielding error.
The Storm failed to dent the plate in the last of the seventh.
Maddi Klemp had three hits in the nightcap. Shevenell had two hits and five RBIs. LEC had five extra-base hits in the game but was outhit, 14-10.