Muskies lose home opener
Athletics - posted on 4/5/2005
The Lady Muskies lost their 2005 home opener to Edgewood College 6-1 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game.
In the first game, Lakeland had seven team defensive errors, and the Eagles capitalized by scoring in every inning there was an error.
“Edgewood is too experienced and really took advantage of our mishaps,” said Lakeland coach Chad Buchmann. “We understand that there are no excuses on game day so we have to get better defensively.”
In the second game, the Muskies were tied 1-1 into the fourth inning until the Eagles put three hits together to take a 2-1 lead. The Muskies left the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, and the Eagles added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Val Barlett was 2-4 with a double and reached on an error. She also scored both of the runs on the day for the Muskies.
Coach Buchmann stated: “The ladies cleaned it up defensively (one error) in the second game and showed that we can be defensively sound.”
Defensively the Muskies had some great plays in the field. Freshmen Mel Houle and Pam Valukas had outstanding catches in the outfield. Houle chased down a ball in the gap and caught it on the fly. Valukas also tracked down a ball hit in the gap by making a diving catch with runners on base.
Freshman Rachel Griesbach took the lost in the first game and classmate Jenny Zimmerman took the lost in the second game.
The Muskies record now stands at 0-2 in conference, 4-10 overall. The Muskies host Ripon College on Thursday at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Muskies will finish their home stand when they host MSOE at 1 p.m.
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