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The Lakeland College baseball team split a pair of games, 6-5, 7-8, in Northern Athletics Conference action on Saturday, Mar. 31, at Benedictine in Lisle, Ill.
Although the offensive production of both teams was very quiet throughout the first game, ending the ninth inning with a 2-2 deadlock, the Muskies (7-8, 3-2 NAC) picked up the slack in the 10th inning, scoring four runs to the Eagles' three to secure the win. Junior Adam Hablewitz got things started with a single, followed by another single by senior Tyler Schmitt, while senior Mitch Heinemeyer followed him with a walk. Senior Brett Nelson then got on base himself, batting in Hablewitz and Schmitt and advancing to second on the play. The squad then tallied two more runs as Shawn Loch reached on an error, scoring Heinemeyer and Nelson for the third and fourth runs.
Although Lakeland had to play catch-up for most of the game, as the Eagles' put two runs on the board in the second inning, the Muskies finally did get on the board in the seventh inning to knot the game at two. Senior Zach Schmitz picked up the win with eight strikeouts in nine innings of work, while sophomore Dan Rhodes capped off the game with one innings of relief.
In game two, Rhodes was tagged with the loss as Benedictine got on the board early with two runs in the first inning, followed by one more in the third. The Muskies finally got their bats going in the fourth and sixth innings, tallying three and two runs, respectively, while the Eagles also added two more runs to their total in the sixth. Benedictine also scored one more run in the seventh. Although Lakeland tallied two more runs in the eighth, the Eagles matched them once again to seal the win.
Schmitt led the team with three of Lakeland's 13 hits, while Eric Hettmann tallied three RBI's. The team left 11 stranded on base.
The Muskies will be back in action tomorrow with a non-conference double-header at the University of Chicago. Game time is set for 12 p.m.