Muskies win at home
Athletics - posted on 4/7/2005
It took extra innings for the Muskies to win their first home games of the year as Monica Hetzel’s game winning single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth gave Lakeland a 4-3 win over Ripon College.
Muskie pitcher Rachel Griesbach pitched game one and had another strong performance. Griesbach struck out a season-high eight batters, while allowing only three hits. Ripon scored two runs in the first off three Muskie errors. Lakeland responded with two runs in the second inning thanks to hits from freshmen Pam Valukas, Mel Houle and Kourtney Peters.
Trailing 3-2 with two out in the bottom of the eighth, Valerie Barlett singled to keep the inning alive. Elisa Waltz walked and Katie Yeager ripped a ball into gap, scoring Barlett from second base to tie the game. Pam Valukas drew a walk and Monica Hetzel drove a ball down the third base line, scoring Waltz and winning the game for the Muskies.
“They believed they could do it and did,” said Lakeland Coach Chad Buchmann. “The ladies worked hard yesterday at practice and wanted to get this win at home. Rachel pitched a gem of a game by striking out eight and only allowing three hits. We needed to give her this support.”
Jenny Zimmerman took the mound for the Muskies in the second game of the doubleheader. Both teams came out swinging and it was tied at two after two innings. Then the Red Hawks took advantage of three Muskies errors in the third and pulled ahead 5-2. Lakeland was able to chip away at the lead, scoring once in the third inning. Heading into the seventh inning down 10-4, the Muskies scored four runs on three hits but fell short in a 10-7 loss.
Waltz was 2-4 with a stolen base and Barlett scored three runs along with a stolen base. Zimmerman took the loss for the Muskies.
The Muskies (5-11) host MSOE in a conference doubleheader Saturday, April 9, at Lakeland.
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