(NASHVILLE) – Despite the change in location Lake Erie defeated Trevecca Nazarene in a pair of games by scores of 2-1 and 5-1 in Music City on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (9-7, 4-2) walked off in the opener before ace David LeMasters fanned 10 in the nightcap to hand the Trojans (10-10, 4-2) their first two G-MAC losses of the year.
The pitcher's duel in the opener saw all the scoring take place in the final three frames with the Green and White having to come from behind for the victory. After Trevecca scored its only run in the top of the seventh, Nate Erzen provided the equalizer on a double to left field to score Brandon Szopo who was pinch running for Anthony Jackson.
Jackson Miller picked up the win in relief for his first decision of the season after he threw a perfect ninth. Ryan Middendorf was fantastic on the hill as he punched out nine and gave up just the one run on nine hits and a walk in seven innings of work. Tyler Pastorelle relieved him in the eighth and struck out one.
It was all LeMasters needed as he was masterful as well on the mound. The Storm's all-time strikeout leader added to his total double-digit K's for the third time this season to improve to 3-0. He allowed the one run on a home run in the fourth, but was nearly untouchable outside of that as the Trojans only received five more bases off of him the rest of the game.
That run was quickly gained back as Williams singled in Forrest Longeway in the bottom of the frame. Paxton scored Caleb Waller and Waller scored Birtley on sacrifice flies in the next two innings, respectively.
The Storm and Trojans will play another twin bill tomorrow to wrap up the series. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. central time.