Storm on the brink – come back

With the season hinging on two innings, the Lake Elsinore Storm brought out the thunder and added some lightning an inning later to earn a 4-3 win over Inland Empire.

Down 2-0 after a half inning of play, Adam Bourassa singled to leadoff the Storm's half of the first and Sean Kazmar followed with a double. With two in scoring position and the heart of the lineup coming to bat, it had the makings of a big inning. But, Peter Ciofrone popped out to second, Nic Crosta popped out to third and Nick Hundley went down swinging to end the frame still down by two.

Facing elimination and with the score 3-1 Inland Empire in the eight, Lake Elsinore scored two to tie it and won it in the ninth.

Adam Bourassa drew a bases loaded walk to bring the Storm within one and a sacrifice fly from Sean Kazmar knotted the game at 3-3. Bourassa reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks and an RBI. He leads the club with a .588 on base percentage this postseason. Kazmar, meanwhile, had two RBI's and his first inning double was his first hit of the postseason. Kazmar, though, leads the team with four RBI's.

They would load the bases again in the ninth with Josh Howard providing the heroics. He singled to right to score pinch-runner Yordany Ramirez. The inning opened with a walk to Nic Crosta as Tim Brown and Nick Hundley also drew a free pass.

The bullpen worked five innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and striking out three. Neil Jamison earned the win in his third inning of scoreless ball in the postseason.

Lake Elsinore staved off elimination with the win and will play host to Inland Empire on Tuesday. They are down 2-1 in the best of five series.

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