BAY CITY, Mich. -- Pitcher Brad Raley has been selected as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the seven-day period ending April 20.
On Friday Raley tossed a complete-game victory, allowing two runs on six hits, with zero walks and six strike outs against a Grand Valley (Mich.) team that was averaging seven runs per game and was ranked No. 7 in the nation (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association). The Storm won the game 3-2, and Raley made numerous big pitches in the clutch with men in scoring position. Raley held the Lakers to a 1-of-6 mark with runners in scoring position, and his win helped propel Lake Erie to a three-game sweep.
Par exemple of Raley's Friday start and what it meant to the Storm was his performance against GVSU's Giancarlo Brugnoni, a batter who was tabbed as a national player of the week earlier in April and who was named GLIAC Player of the Week on Monday. In a week in which he batted .429 (6-for-14) with a 1.143 slugging percentage, Brugnoni went 0-for-3 against Raley, striking out once and popping out twice.
Brad Raley is the second Raley to earn a GLIAC weekly award this season. Brother Lucas was tabbed as the GLIAC Player of the Week for the week of March 24. He leads the club in batting with a .972 OPS (on-base plus slugging). Brother Brad has been stalwart on the mound, not allowing hitting numbers anywhere close to that neighborhood. In eight games (all starts), Raley has compiled a 3.77 ERA, striking out 44 batters (while walking only nine) in 45-1/3 innings pitched. He has completed five of his starts and on Feb. 22 tossed his first career shutout.
Both Raleys and a host of other Storm veterans and newcomers alike had a tremendous week last week and a good one the week before. The Storm went 5-0 last week, with three of those wins coming against the ranked Lakers. Overall, Lake Erie has won eight straight -- which is a program record – and 11 of its last 12.
The Storm will look to extend their streak tomorrow at Malone. LakeErieStorm.com will broadcast the twin bill which is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
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