Muskies sweep Warriors in final home games
Athletics - posted on 4/22/2009
PLYMOUTH, Wis.----The Lakeland College softball team closed out the home portion of its 2009 schedule with a pair of 3-0 and 9-0 victories over Wisconsin Lutheran in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader at Quit Qui Oc Athletics Complex.
Junior Sara Roberts (Escanaba, Mich.) threw 12 shutout innings for Lakeland (23-5, 16-0 NAC), allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out 10 Warrior batters. Roberts has now gone five consecutive starts (29 innings) without giving up a run, dropping her ERA over half a run in that span to 1.88. She is second in wins in the NAC this season with a record of 16-3.
Both teams struggled offensively in the majority of the opener. An inning after leaving the bases loaded, KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) opened up the fifth inning with a triple to right. Chelsea Coenen (Wrightstown) followed with another triple to right and scored on a throwing error by the right fielder as Lakeland took a 2-0 lead.
The Muskies added a run in the sixth as Kayla VandeWettering (Appleton) stole third base and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
The Lakeland offense woke up in the nightcap in a five inning contest. Freshman outfielder Leah Sheahan (Salem) doubled with two outs in the first inning to give Lakeland an early 2-0 advantage.
Leading 3-0 after three, the Muskies put game two out of reach with a six run fourth inning, five coming with two outs. Sam Shepeck (Gladstone, Mich.), Sheahan, and Corine Demske (Wrightstown) each brought in a solo runner and Cassie Felton (Green Bay) drove in a pair to put Lakeland up 9-0.
The Muskies will look to increase their unbeaten streak, currently at 21 games, during a four day stretch on the road to end the season this weekend. Lakeland travels to Rockford Friday afternoon before games at Aurora and Benedictine this weekend, and ends the regular season with a doubleheader Monday night at Maranatha.
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