HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College baseball team split a doubleheader with the Hillsdale College Chargers on Saturday (April 28) afternoon on the road.
Lake Erie scored five runs in the first three innings in a 5-2 win in game one. Hillsdale used a four-run fifth inning for a 6-2 win in the nightcap.
The Storm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills) singled and advanced to second on a groundout. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) singled home Longeway as the Storm led 1-0. Birchmeier moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by Ryan Carver.
Lake Erie added three runs in the third inning, making it 5-0 Storm. Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina) began the inning with a single and Birchmeier moved Peterson to third with a single. Nigel Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle) plated Peterson and advanced Birchmeier to third with a RBI single. Birchmeier scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead. Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) brought Williams home from third base with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Hillsdale scored one run in the fourth and fifth innings, trimming the lead to 5-2.
David Lemasters (Cortland, Ohio / Lakeview) improved to 3-2 with a seven inning start. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) earned his first save with two innings of shutout ball with one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
Lake Erie put two runners on in the second inning that both came around to score. Erzen walked and Rua singled with no outs. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-run single by Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion).
Hillsdale tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with two runs. They took the 6-2 lead in the fifth inning with four runs.
The Storm had scoring chances in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning but could not pull any closer.
Rua went three-for-three with a double and a run scored.
The Storm and Chargers will conclude the series with a single game on Sunday (April 29) at 1:00 PM.