PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College baseball team won its first game as a member of the GLIAC at Hillsdale College Saturday. The Storm took game one, 6-1, and dropped game two, 10-6.
The standout performance came from sophomore Logan Nordquist (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance). The righty pitched a complete game one-hitter, and had a no-hitter going through five innings. Nordquist walked only one batter, also in the sixth inning, and the run he allowed was unearned.
After a scoreless first inning, Lake Erie (8-10, 1-5 GLIAC) got on the board with a three spot in the second inning, courtesy of a three-run homer to left field by junior designated hitter Kyle Kemp (Spotsylvania, Va./James Monroe). The Storm struck with the long ball again an inning as senior outfielder Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) hit a solo home run.
The Storm also scored solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, with Hillsdale's (8-14, 4-4 GLIAC) run coming in the sixth. In the sixth, junior first baseman Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) led off with a single and was brought around by an error. In the seventh, junior second baseman Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/Lakeland CC) walked and was brought in by a walk from freshman outfielder Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge).
James and Leeworthy each had two of Lake Erie's seven hits in game one.
In game two, Lake Erie was plagued by errors as it committed six which led to all 10 runs being unearned. The Storm led 4-0 after three innings, but allowed two runs in the fourth, five in the fifth, and three more in the sixth. Lake Erie scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Sophomore starter J.D. Ingalls (Madison, Ohio/Madison) got a no decision as he went 4.1 innings and struck out four while allowing six hits. Freshman Brad Raley (Hickley, Ohio/Highland) suffered the loss in relief.
James stayed hot in the second contest with three more hits and two runs scored. Kemp also had two hits including a double and drove in a pair. Junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) and sophomore catcher Michael Fabri (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst) each had two-hit games as well.
The Storm wraps up its four game weekend at Hillsdale with a pair of contests tomorrow beginning at noon.