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The Lakeland College softball team remains undefeated in Northern Athletics Conference play, defeating Concordia University Chicago, 2-0, 10-1, in a double-header on Saturday, Mar. 31, in River Forest, Ill.
Freshman Sara Roberts pitched the first perfect game of her collegiate career in game one against the Cougars, striking out eight batters.
However, Concordia would not let the Muskies get on the board, forcing them to leave four runners on base in the first four innings until breaking it open with two runs at the top of the seventh inning. Junior right fielder Rebecca Schuettpelz reached on a fielding error, then scored on a double by junior third baseman Kourtney Peters. Junior right fielder Pam Valukas then sent Peters home with a single for the second run to seal the win, as Roberts struck out two of the three batters she faced at the bottom of the seventh.
Freshman catcher Chelsea Coenen and Schuettpelz led the team with two hits apiece toward the Muskies' total six hits for the game.
In the second game, Roberts pitched another four innings successfully to improve to 7-3 on the season, allowing three hits, while fellow freshman Cassie Felton threw two innings in relief.
Although the Cougars took the lead with a run scored in the first inning, the Muskies shut them out for the remainder of the game and pulled ahead in the second inning with two runs scored by freshman second baseman KC Blahnik and Schuettpelz. Then Lakeland really got the bats swinging with a pair of solo home runs by Coenen and Schuettpelz in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to put their team up, 4-1. The Muskies went on to break the game open in the sixth inning with six runs off of five hits to seal the win.
Schuettpelz went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate, also scoring three runs, while Blahnik recorded two runs on 2-for-2 hitting. Coenen finished with two runs and a team-high four RBI's on three hits, while Peters chipped in three RBI's.
Lakeland will look to keep its NAC win-streak going with a double-header at Alverno on Wednesday, Apr. 4. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.