PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College baseball team opened a four game series with the Grand Valley State University Lakers on Friday (April 14) afternoon.
Grand Valley State took game one 4-1 and the second game by a 12-4 final score.
"I thought that was our best six innings of baseball we have played all year," said Storm head coach Cameron Castro. "We made some great defensive plays, Stryffeler gave us a terrific start and just ran out of gas late there. I thought in terms of effort in the first game, it was as good as we have done all year. They did a lot of what we have talked about lately, controlling what we can control. Running the bases hard, hard nineties, and not giving anything away. That has been my message to them lately."
Grand Valley State opened the game with a run in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead.
Lake Erie rallied for a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Sam Browning (Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas) and Austin Bovenzi (Fairport, N.Y. / McQuaid Jesuit) each singled and Rees Rua (Amherst Steele) reached on a catcher's interference. With the bases loaded, Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) coaxed a two-out walk to tie the game at one.
The Lakers scored three runs in the top of the seventh as they took game one 4-1.
Browning had two of the Storm's four hits.
Michael Stryffeler (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Padua Francisican) pitched into the seventh inning, as he finished with three runs allowed in six and one third innings. He struck out six.
The Lakers scored four runs in the top of the second inning, starting the nightcap in front 4-0. A Laker homerun made it 5-0 in the third inning.
Grand Valley added four runs in the fifth and three in the seventh before Lake Erie crossed the plate in the seventh.
Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) reached on a leadoff single and Brady Minetti (Mckees Rocks, Pa. / Montour) reached on a fielding error. A passed ball moved the runners into scoring position. Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf) plated Williams with an infield RBI single.
The Storm loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single. After a pitching change, Alex Lind (Cambridge, Ohio / Cambridge) plated one run with a sacrifice fly. Drew Potesta (Canfield, Ohio / Ursuline) plated two runs with a single to right field.
Browning and Williams each had three hits in the game.
Carver pitched a scoreless innings of relief work with a strikeout. Jacob Green (Defiance, Ohio / Defiance) and Jeremy Wei (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) combined on a scoreless ninth inning.
The Storm and the Lakers will resume the series on Saturday (April 15) with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 PM.