KENT, Ohio—The Lake Erie College baseball team took a break from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play to face Division-I Kent State University Tuesday (March 29).
The Storm fell to the Golden Flashes 9-1.
"We played a fantastic game through seven innings and were right there with a 1-2 score but it was a nine-inning game," said Storm Head Coach Brian McGee. "We need to learn how to finish games and prevent the big inning. This has to be the best 5-13 team I have ever been a part of."
Ryan Lally (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) kept the Golden Flashes off the board early on in a pitchers dual, allowing just three two in the first three innings. The Golden Flashes broke through in the bottom of the fourth, plating one run to take the lead. They added another run in the sixth to increase their lead to two.
The Storm offense threatened to produce runs in the fifth and sixth but left batters stranded in scoring position.
Lucas Raley (Hinckley, Ohio/Medina Highland) got the Storm on the board in the seventh, hitting a two-out homerun to right field to cut the lead in half.
The game remained within one until the eighth inning. The Golden Flashes produced seven runs in the inning to break the game open.
The Storm put runners in scoring position in the ninth after Ryan Grieco (Murrysville, Pa/Franklin Regional) earned a walk and Jake Csizmadia (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) was hit by a pitch. However, the Golden Flashes closed out the inning and hung on for the win.
Raley led the Storm with two hits, a run and a RBI. Zak DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales), Rutger Luebke (Medina, Ohio/Medina), Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle), Cale Giddings (Pickerington, Ohio/North Pickerington/Akron), Louie Peterlin (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic) and Grieco had hits.
Lally pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts.
"I give Lally a lot of credit with his step-in start today," continued McGee. "He showed a lot of guts and his talent truly stood out."
The Storm is back at home this weekend for a four-game GLIAC series against Saginaw Valley State University.