LIMA, Ohio – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team split the regular season series final at University of Northwestern Ohio on Sunday, April 28. The Blue Devils took game one 16-5 and fell in game two 7-3. Lawrence Tech finishes the season tied for third place at 14-8 and now awaits the 2019 WHAC Postseason Tournament announcement.
Lawrence Tech (14-8, 33-15) took the early 3-0 lead as Harry Storch opened the scoring with a double scoring Eddie Dopkowski and Nick Allen. Brian Corbett put the Blue Devils up three with an RBI single through the left side to plate Storch.
Sam Brace (4-2) got the start and went seven innings allowing five runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Brace eased through the first three innings, but got into trouble in the fourth inning allowing a pair of runs. He allowed three runs in the fifth to put the Racers up 5-3.
Jackson Walkowiak got the comeback started in the sixth with an RBI single to score Sean Fannon followed by Collin Vandergroden's RBI single to score Walkowiak and tie the game at 5-5. Allen plated two more with an RBI double down the left field line to give Lawrence Tech a 7-5 lead. Dopkowski pushed the lead to 9-5 with a single up the middle. Fannon gave LTU a 10-5 lead with an RBI single before the Racers were able to get out of the inning.
The Blue Devils added six more runs in the top of the seventh inning, started off by a two-run homerun by Logan Barker to give LTU a 12-5 lead. Northwestern Ohio's wild pitch scored Adam Mansfield to make it 13-5 followed by Storch's RBI single and Fannon's RBI single to push it to 15-5. Corbett added the final run of the game, scoring Stoch to take the game 16-5 in run-rule win after seven innings.
Lawrence Tech started with Jay Gallant in the game two and he went 3.1 innings allowing seven runs on five hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Gallant got into trouble in the second inning, loading the bases early as LTU gave up five runs in the inning. Northwestern Ohio added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-0 lead before the Blue Devils added runs in the fifth and the seventh to make it 7-3. The Racers held the Blue Devils off over the final two innings to earn the win.
Lawrence Tech finishes the historic regular season with 33 wins – program record – and 14 conference win – program record. They become the first team in program history to finish in the top three of conference play.
The Blue Devils find out on Sunday night who they will face in the conference tournament. Stay tuned to LTUAthletics.com for more information.