Muskies drop pair in Arizona
Athletics - posted on 3/16/2009
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Lakeland College softball team dropped a pair of games Tuesday afternoon in its second day at the Tucson Invitational Games, falling 6-3 to Amherst before dropping a 5-1 decision against defending national champion UW-Eau Claire.
The Muskies scored the first run of the game against Amherst, as Christina Moore (New London) drove in Sara Roberts (Escanaba, Mich.) to give Lakeland an early 1-0 lead in the first.
Lakeland gave up three runs, two a result of errors before a sixth inning comeback. Freshman Kelly Bolton singled in Sam Shepeck (Escanaba, Mich.) and Leah Sheahan (Salem) as the Muskies tied the contest at three.
Amherst closed the game out with three runs as the Muskies' defensive struggles continued.
"We felt that we were in control the entire game," Lakeland coach Chad Buchmann said. "We had runners in position and failed to take advantage. Our freshman are still adjusting to playing at this level."
Sara Roberts tallied six strikeouts in seven innings of action in the circle.
In the second game, second-ranked UW-Eau Claire scored the first five runs, including two in each the first and fourth innings to take a 5-0 lead.
KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) scored the lone Muskie run after reaching on a walk and was driven in by Sheahan in the sixth inning.
"We played outstanding defense in the second game today," said Buchmann. They took advantage of anything we gave them and manufactured most of their runs as we only let one ball out of the infield all game."
Roberts threw six innings in the nightcap as Alyssa Nelson (Germantown) retired the side in the seventh.
The Muskies (1-3) face in-state rivals UW-Platteville and UW-La Crosse in day three of their stay at the Tucson Invitational Games Tuesday afternoon.
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