PARKERSBURG, W. Va. – The Lake Erie College baseball team opened Great Midwest play with a doubleheader sweep of the Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots on Tuesday (March 13) afternoon in West Virginia.
Lake Erie used a six-run fifth inning to win the opener 8-6. The Storm followed with three homeruns, including a go-ahead, two-run blast in the eighth inning as they defeated Ohio Valley 5-4 in the second game.
The Storm scored first with one run on two doubles in the top of the first. Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) led off the game with a double. Two batters later, Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) doubled him home with a RBI knock.
Lake Erie added a run in the fourth, making it 2-0 in favor of the Storm. Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf) opened the frame with a single, stole second base before moving to third on a groundout. Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele) singled up the middle, scoring Carver from third base.
Ohio Valley gained a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning with a three-run inning.
Just a half inning later, Lake Erie sent ten men to the plate for the tune of six runs on five hits. Longeway singled, stole second and scored a RBI double by Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina). Peterson scored on an error by the Ohio Valley second baseman with Birchmeier at the plate. Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) singled and Carver walked to load the bases with no outs. Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) singled home Birchmeier and Williams. Two batters later, Rua doubled home the last two runs of the frame as Ohio Valley made a pitching change. After the dust cleared, Lake Erie held an 8-3 lead at the halfway mark.
The Fighting Scots rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but the run was extinguished with a Christopher Mutter (Cleves, Ohio / Taylor) strikeout.
Waller had three hits and two RBI. Longeway, Carver, Birchmeier and Rua all had two hits apiece. Longeway and Carver each scored two runs while Rua drove in three runs and Birchmeier accounted for two RBI.
Michael Stryffeler (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Padua Franciscan) allowed three runs on five hits in a six inning start. He walked four and struck out 11 batters. Mutter earned the save with a strikeout of the only batter he faced.
Peterson drilled his fourth homerun of the season in the top of the first as Lake Erie led 1-0.
Ohio Valley scored one run in the first and two runs in the second for a 3-1 lead.
In the third inning, Longeway singled and stole second base with one out. Peterson went deep for the second time in the game, tying the game at three.
Both teams kept the game scoreless over the next four innings, as the game went to extra innings.
Waller walked with one out in the eighth inning. Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) gave the Storm a 5-3 lead with a two-run blast.
Ohio Valley cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the eighth before Mutter shut the door with a strikeout, similar to the first game of the day.
Peterson accounted for three hits, and three RBI with two runs scored on two homeruns. Carver and Longeway had two hits each. Erzen provided the game-winning runs with his first homerun.
Evan Layne (Brooklyn. N.Y. / Telecommunications) earned a no-decision with three runs (two earned) on six hits in six and two thirds innings. He walked three and struck out five. Mutter got the win with one run allowed in one and one third innings in relief.
Lake Erie is scheduled to host Cedarville in the first game at Lake Erie's new home, Classic Park, on Friday (March 16).