Coenen blast gives Muskies life at NAC Tournament
Athletics - posted on 5/1/2009
Junior Chelsea Coenen hit a three-run blast to right center as the Lakeland softball team trailed by two in the seventh inning, saving the Muskies from elimination with a 6-5 victory over Marian after an earlier 7-2 loss to Concordia Wisconsin Friday in the second day of the 2009 Northern Athletics Conference softball tournament in Milwaukee.
The Muskies struggled both defensively and in the circle in their tournament opener as Concordia Wisconsin accumulated 13 hits and the Muskies committed four errors.
Already trailing 2-0 after the first inning, Corine Demske drove in Sam Shepeck on a single to right center to cut the deficit to one.
Trailing again by two, freshman catcher Christina Moore put Lakeland back to within one run with a solo shot to left field.
The Muskies added another lone run on a Leah Sheahan homer to left center.
Both Sara Roberts and Alyssa Nelson had trouble with the Falcon offense, giving up a combined seven runs (five earned) and just three strike outs while walking none.
The Muskies' appeared to be destined for the same fate against Marian. Roberts gave Lakeland its first lead of the day with a solo home run to right center in the second inning as the Muskies took an early 1-0 lead.
Marian took charge in its half of the fifth, using three hits and an error to take a 3-1 lead and added a single run in each of the sixth and seventh innings.
Lakeland fought back in the sixth as Roberts and Sam Shepeck each doubled in a run.
Nelson reached on a lead-off single in the Lakeland seventh, and after a Blahnik walk to put two on, Coenen ended the contest with her eighth home run of the season.
The Muskies move on to face Benedictine at 5 p.m. on Friday in an elimination game. The Eagles advanced despite losing their tournament opener 4-3 on Thursday to Concordia Wisconsin, regrouping to knock out defending NAC champion Aurora in a five inning 8-0 victory.
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