Saturday, April 28, 2012

Final Home Series Starts Today

This is your last chance to watch weekend college baseball in Lake County for the 2012 season! Lake Erie begins its final weekend home series today with a double-header at 1:00 pm at Kiwanis Rec Park (#KZone) against Saginaw Valley State University. The Storm and Cardinals are currently seperated by only two games in the GLIAC standings, in 2nd and 4th place, respectively. The Storm has been at or near the top of the standings since the opening weekend and currently sit two games in back of first place. The series concludes with a double-header tomorrow at noon.

Here are some game notes from A Broken Record, Record, Record, Record...
The Storm welcomes Saginaw Valley State University to town for a pivotal four-game series for all parties involved. Every series is magnified at the end of the season and this one is no different. The Cardinals took 3-of-4 last year in Saginaw, with the Storm's lone win coming in extra innings. Expect a series full of close games when Adam Beach, Brian Kilway, and Logan Nordquist take the mound in the first three games. The trio paced the staff's outstanding performance last weekend at Northwood by posting a 0.67 ERA in 27.0 innings pitched, which paced a 3-1 weekend.

The offense has a little momentum after the 9-0 win over a recent GLIAC Pitcher of the Week. It doesn't take much offense to spark this team either. The Storm is 17-8 when scoring four or more runs in a game. Four must be a magic number because they are 16-6 when allowing four or less runs a game. This record number of course, is helped by the six shutouts recorded by the pitching staff this year. From 2004-2011, there were only a total of seven shutouts. Pitching coach Mark Sankovich (sorry, no Twitter) surely has the staff going in the right direction.
Stay tuned to The Coach's Cave Twitter feed @thecoachscave as well as the Lake Erie feed @lecsports for updates, box scores, full recaps, and live stats as the team heads for the stretch run. #RageOn!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Broken Record, Record, Record, Record...

After the Storm finished off Ashland in a 9-0 win behind Russ Hogue's first career win and shutout, Lake Erie finds itself in a familiar position...setting a school record for wins. When the Storm recorded its 22nd win of the season, it marked the fourth time in the last five years they have done so. With ten games still on the regular season schedule, this year's club has the opportunity to make repeating this task very difficult for future teams. They currently sit two games in back of first place.

The Storm welcomes Saginaw Valley State University to town for a pivotal four-game series for all parties involved. Every series is magnified at the end of the season and this one is no different. The Cardinals took 3-of-4 last year in Saginaw, with the Storm's lone win coming in extra innings. Expect a series full of close games when Adam Beach, Brian Kilway, and Logan Nordquist take the mound in the first three games. The trio paced the staff's outstanding performance last weekend at Northwood by posting a 0.67 ERA in 27.0 innings pitched, which paced a 3-1 weekend.

The offense has a little momentum after the 9-0 win over a recent GLIAC Pitcher of the Week. It doesn't take much offense to spark this team either. The Storm is 17-8 when scoring four or more runs in a game. Four must be a magic number because they are 16-6 when allowing four or less runs a game. This record number of course, is helped by the six shutouts recorded by the pitching staff this year. From 2004-2011, there were only a total of seven shutouts. Pitching coach Mark Sankovich (sorry, no Twitter) surely has the staff going in the right direction.

The series with Saginaw begins with double-headers on Saturday (1:00 pm) and Sunday (12 noon) at Kiwanis Rec Park (#KZone). The homestand wraps on Wednesday (5/2, 2:00 pm) when the Storm pays tribute to the 11 seniors on the team between games against Ohio Domincan on Senior Day.

Stay tuned to The Coach's Cave Twitter feed @thecoachscave as well as the Lake Erie feed @lecsports for updates, box scores, full recaps, and live stats as the team heads for the stretch run. #RageOn!

Friday, April 20, 2012

In the News

Last month I wrote an article explaining our warm-up routine during infield practice. We primarily did these drills inside during Spring Training, but will still do these in season. The article was published on the STACK Media Blog. To view the article, check out the link below.

In other news, the Storm travels to Midland, MI this weekend for a crucial GLIAC 4-game series with Northwood University. The team will return home to begin their final homestand next weekend (April 28-29) against Saginaw Valley State. This will also be Senior Day for the baseball team. There will be more details to come.

Stay tuned to Twitter @thecoachscave for updates this weekend. RAGE ON!

STACK Media Blog

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lab Notes: 4/8/12

After the four-game set at Tiffin, the Storm is now past the halfway point in the season. After the upcoming double-header at Ohio Dominican, the same can be said for the conference schedule. Lake Erie currently sits in a three-way tie for second place. There are a few areas that standout through the halfway point in the season.

The adage defense wins championships remains true. To be more accurate, pitching AND defense win championships. The proof is in the pudding with the Storm. While the pitching and defense are much improved from 2011 to 2102, there is a direct correlation between the success of the two areas and wins on the field. This is the most obvious statement I may have ever written, but the numbers do not lie. Here are some significant numbers from the first half.

News & Notes:
  • Two's Company: The Storm is 13-8 when they commit two or less errors in a game. They are 8-1 when they allow two or less runs a game.
  • The Walking Dead: 10 of the Storm's 13 wins have come when the pitching staff has allowed three or fewer walks. They are 10-5 with three or less walks.
  • The Freebie War: When adding walks, hit batsmen, wild pitches, passed balls, balks, stolen bases allowed, and errors, the Storm has racked up a 7-1 record when allowing fewer freebies than their opponent. A surprising note, the Storm is 3-1 when allowing one or less free bases (10-2 total record when -1 or better in the Freebie War).
  • Extra! Extra!: After the three extra-inning games against Tiffin, Lake Erie has now played five extra-inning games this season which surpasses their total from 2011. They were 2-2 in 2011 (3 of which were on the road). The Storm has shown their resiliency by notching a 3-2 record in extra frames in 2012. All five games have been on the road.
The Storm travels to Ohio Dominican on Wednesday for a double-header. The Panthers took all four from Lake Erie in 2011. They will return home for a four-game series with Findlay next weekend (4/14-4/15), followed by a non-conference home game with Mercyhurst (4/18).

Stay tuned to The Coach's Cave Twitter feed @thecoachscave and @lecsports for updates, box scores, full recaps, and live stats as the team prepares for the second half of the season. #RageOn!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Final Game of Homestand

The Storm's first homestand of the season wraps today with a double-header with GLIAC-rival Ashland University at 2:00pm. Lake Erie is currently 5-1 on the current homestand after a 4-game sweep of Hillsdale this past weekend. The Storm will return home to The K-Zone in two weeks when they host Findlay (April 14-15, 1pm/12pm) in a conference matchup followed by a non-conference showdown with Mercyhurst (April 18, 3pm). Stay updated on today's double-header on Twitter @thecoachscave and @lecsports, and get live stats online at www.lakeeriestorm.com. RAGE ON!