LCCC Baseball Drops Two to Owens CC Express

Jared Naida

March 27, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Baseball team battled hard against Region XII Division III rival, Owens Community College, but lost both ends of the double-header, by scores of 6-4 and 5-0, today at Sprenger Stadium.

LCCC made a great effort to come back in game one after Owens got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Express loaded the bases off Freshman starting pitcher, Luis Alvarez (Lorain), as he struggled with his control…hitting two of the batters he faced and walking a third. Casey Ison (Amherst/Amherst Steele) came in to retire the next three batters, limiting the damage to two runs and pitched the remaining seven innings, allowing just three earned runs.

LCCC’s bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth as they scored all four of their runs to get back into contention but could not continue the momentum into the final two innings of play. Eli Loveland (Toledo/Whitmer), Damion Coleman (Niles/Niles McKinley), and Derek Dulemba (Elyria/Midview), all had two hits for the Commodores in the 6-4 loss.

Despite the 5-0 loss in game two, it proved to be an incredible pitcher’s duel right up until the top of the 7th, as Jared Naida (Cleveland/Lakewood) brought the goods. Naida pitched a complete game, striking out 9 batters and allowing only 1 earned run. Owens scored a run in the 2nd inning, but Naida made quick work of the Express hitters over the next four innings before Owens was able to tag on four more runs off fielding errors.

LCCC Head Coach, Bill Frawley, said “These were a couple of close games that could have gone either way. The ball was not finding the gaps for us and we only had two hits in the second game.”

The Commodores are now 6-5 on the season and will host CCAC South (PA) this Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Oberlin College. First pitch of the double-bill is scheduled for 1 pm.