LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The JetHawks managed only two hits and were shutout for the fifth time this season, 5-0, in the series-opener against the Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond on Friday night.
The Storm (30-29) scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth before the JetHawks bullpen shut them down the rest of the way with four-shutout innings.
Lucas Gilbreath (2-4) took the loss for Lancaster after allowing five runs (three earned) over four innings. The JetHawks (29-30) committed three errors behind Gilbreath.
With two on and nobody out in the third inning, Sean Bouchard committed an error at third base on a Gabriel Arias ground ball. The first run of the game scored on the play and set the Storm up with runners at second and third and no outs. Both runners would score to put Lake Elsinore up, 3-0.
The first three batters singled in the bottom of the fourth to load the bases before Luis Campusano brought home one run on a sac fly. The next batter, Arias, drove home the Storm's final run with a grounder to short.
Matt Dennis allowed leadoff doubles in both of his innings of relief but did not allow a run in either inning. Moises Ceja pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Robert Tyler, in his season debut, pitched a scoreless eighth.
The JetHawks lineup managed just two hits in the contest. Caleb Boushley (3-1) entered in the second inning and allowed only two hits over six innings.
The second game of the five-game series is scheduled for Saturday night at 6 p.m. Will Gaddis will start for Lancaster against Reiss Knehr.
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