ASHLAND, Ohio – In a game that got underway at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and included a late rally by the Storm, Lake Erie closed out a 5-4 win over Ashland on Wednesday.
The back half of a Tuesday Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader, the contest was halted in the top of the seventh inning due to darkness. In resuming the suspended game, the Storm held on for a one-run victory.
Ashland (12-10, 2-5) scored the game's first three runs, stringing together a double, a triple and two singles in the home half of the first inning. Lake Erie (12-11, 6-4) countered with three in the top of the second. A two-run single by freshman Derek Turocy was LEC's key hit in the game-tying rally.
Starting pitchers Connor Fuller (LEC) and Alex Smith (AU) kept the score knotted at 3-3 until the fifth when the two sides traded solo markers.
With skies darkening Lake Erie started a two-out rally in the top of the seventh. Sean Mathews reached on an infield single and went to second on a wild pitch. Mathews then scored on a double off the bat of Lucas Raley. The game was eventually halted with the Storm still batting in the seventh and holding a 5-4 lead.
When play resumed on Wednesday afternoon, Lake Erie loaded the bases but failed to add to its 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. Reliever Brandon Grunda retired the Eagles' No. 1, 2, and 3 batters in order to close out the victory in the bottom of the seventh.
For the game Connor Fuller went 4-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out two without issuing a walk. Brandon Grunda closed out the fifth and then pitched the sixth and seventh. He held AU scoreless while allowing two hits.
The game-two victory was a rally for Lake Erie which lost Tuesday's opener, 18-5, in a game that lasted three hours-and-18 minutes.
Notes: Aaron Lindgren's triple in the game marked his second of the season and the ninth of his career. Lindgren is LEC's all-time triples leader. He ranks fifth in the Storm's career home run rolls, with 14. His career slugging percentage of .533 also ranks fifth in program history. … The Storm committed six errors in allowing 16 unearned runs in Tuesday's 18-5 loss. The six errors marked LEC's most in a single game since April 2, 2011. Lake Erie went into this week ranked 18th in the nation in fielding percentage, with a mark of .973. … The 18 runs allowed by the Storm yesterday marked the most yielded in a single game since March 30, 2011.
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