Softball & Baseball Teams Receive Rankings
LEC Softball Lands in Fifth
PAINESVILLE, OH. (March 5, 2007) - With the release of the 2007 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Softball Coaches Poll, Lake Erie College was voted to finish fifth this season out of 10 teams.
The Storm finished in a program best third place in 2006 with a league record of 14-4. The team also recorded its best overall record at 26-16-1, which was its first 20-plus win season in program history. With the loss of a few key players, the AMCC Coaches predicted a fall in the Storm's status this season.
Two players to watch for LEC include senior first baseman/pitcher Sarah Miller (Covington, Kentucky/Holmes) and senior outfielder Jen Dodge (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside). Miller earned Second-Team All-AMCC in 2006 after leading the Storm in home runs and finishing second in runs, total bases, RBI and slugging percentage. She recorded an ERA of 2.94 with 10 wins and earned both pitcher and player of the week conference honors.
Dodge was a Second-Team All-AMCC selection last season. She struck out just four times all year in 84 at bats and committed only one error in 32 games.
League play for the Storm begins on March 24 against Pitt-Greensburg and concludes 18 games later on April 21. The top six teams advance to the AMCC Tournament which begins May 4.
Storm Baseball Picked to Finish Eighth
PAINESVILLE, OH. (March 6, 2007) - With the release of the 2007 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Baseball Coaches Poll, Lake Erie College was voted to finish eighth out of 10 teams this season.
The Storm concluded 2006 in the eighth spot with a league record of 6-12 which was the team's best record in its five years of participation in the AMCC. Overall, Lake Erie was 16-24, which was also the team's best record in the five-year history of the program, more than doubling the total amount of wins from the previous season.
Players to watch this season for the Storm include junior outfielder Rocky Pfeister (Akron, Ohio/Green) and senior second baseman Steve Walczak (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside). Pfeister set school records with 52 hits, 16 doubles, four triples and 34 RBI in 2006. He was also team most valuable player and All-AMCC Honorable Mention. Walczak earned Second-Team All-AMCC and was a team golden glove honoree. He hit .330 and scored a school record 35 runs.
League play begins March 24 at Pitt-Greensburg and ends 18-games later on April 21. The top six teams advance to the conference playoffs that begin on May 5.