BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. – The Lake Erie College baseball team played a non-conference doubleheader at Fairmont State on Tuesday (May 1) afternoon.
Lake Erie tied a program record and set a Great Midwest record with 31 runs in the opener as they defeated the Falcons 31-6 in game one. Fairmont State walked off in the nightcap, 5-4.
Lake Erie got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the first inning. Ryan Carver (Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf) doubled home a run and Sam Browning (Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop McNicholas) plated the second run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Fairmont State rallied with five runs in the bottom half of the first, taking a 5-2 lead.
The Storm sent 17 men to the plate in the third inning as they scored 14 runs on six hits. Nathan Erzen (Brookpark, Ohio / Berea-Midpark) plated six runs in the frame as he had a two-run single and a grand slam. Trace Peterson (Medina, Ohio / Medina), Browning, Forrest Longeway (Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills), and Rees Rua (Amherst, Ohio / Amherst Steele) each drove in two runs in the inning.
Lake Erie continued the offensive outburst with six runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth. 12 men went to the plate as four different players drove in runs and ten of them reached base in the fourth. Five different players drove home runs as they had five hits in the fifth frame.
The Falcons added a run in the fifth inning. Caleb Waller (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) drilled a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Lake Erie as they closed the scoring at 31-6.
Nine players totaled the team's 21 hits in the game. Jacob Armstrong (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) had three hits, two RBI and one run scored. Rua had three hits, three RBI and five runs scored (tied for G-MAC record). Peterson had three hits and four runs scored. Browning added three hits, three runs scored and four RBI. Carver reached base six times with four walks and two hits. He scored four times and plated four. Longeway and Waller each scored four times as well.
Tristan Mayer (Vermilion, Ohio / Vermilion) pitched 4.2 innings of one-run ball in relief. He allowed three hits and walked four with three strikeouts. Brad Curry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton) worked around four hits to throw two scoreless innings.
The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Lake Erie tied the game with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Brady Minetti (Mckees Rocks, Pa. / Montour) led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. A two-out RBI triple by Rua cut the lead to 3-1. Wes Birchmeier (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg) blasted a two-run homerun to center field, tying the game at three.
The Storm took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning with one run on one hit. Browning opened the game with a double to right field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Armstrong walked and went to second on a groundout. Blake Curry (Eaton, Ohio / Eaton) plated Browning with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Fairmont State scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh as they won the nightcap 5-4.
Browning went three-for-three with two doubles and one run scored. Rua had a three-for-four second game with a double, triple and a run scored.
Aaron Kucia (Brunswick, Ohio / Cuyahoga Heights) pitched five innings with three runs allowed (one earned) on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.
The Storm will host Gannon at Classic Park on Wednesday (May 2) at 6:00 PM for a single game.