The Oiler baseball squad splits doubleheader with Lake Erie
The University of Findlay baseball team entered their second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) series of the season as they traveled to northeast Ohio for a doubleheader against Lake Erie College. The doubleheader ended in a split, giving the Oilers an overall record of 12-4 and a record of 3-3 in GLIAC play while Lake Erie fell to 6-12 overall and 1-5 in league play.
In game one, the Oilers lost to the Storm by a score of 4-2. The Storm scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to gain the early lead, and from that point on, there was no looking back.
The Oilers battled back in the top of the third inning when senior Logan Harrah notched the first hit of the day for Findlay, an infield single. Harrah’s teammates, sophomore Derrick Herd and senior Pete Yorgen kept the rally going, as they hit back-to-back doubles to cut the Lake Erie lead to 3-2. However, Findlay would not get another hit until the seventh inning.
Junior Pete Burkett led off the seventh with a single and junior Cameron Johnson followed that up with a single of his own. A sacrifice bunt put the Oilers’ tying run on second base with just one out, but a pair of strikeouts by Lake Erie pitching ended the game in a 4-2 loss for Findlay.
Senior Austin Rodesky took the loss on the mound for Findlay, and fell to 2-2 on the year. He pitched six innings, and gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking three.
Herd and Yogen each had a double and an RBI to lead the offense.
Despite the Storm getting on the board first again in game two, the Oilers came back to win by a score of 4-2. The Storm scored first with a home run in their first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning.
A rally for the Oilers began in the top of the third inning when Findlay senior Miguel Valdez was hit by a pitch. After a fielder’s choice, Herd and Yorgen hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 2-2.
Yorgen hit a double for the Oilers that led to a run in the fifth inning. Burkett hit a double of his own to score a run in the ninth, and give Findlay a 4-2 lead.
Pitcher AJ Cecil came on in the ninth inning and closed out the game to earn his third save of the season.
Burkett led the offense in the second game, going 3-4 with a walk and an RBI, while Herd and Yorgen finished with two hits each. Yorgen carries an 18-game hitting streak.