Lakeland baseball drops fifth straight
Athletics - posted on 3/19/2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lakeland baseball team suffered its fifth straight defeat on Thursday, losing 7-5 to St. Lawrence at Terry Park.
After entering the game in the fifth inning for starter Jake Van Camp, senior pitcher Mike Phillips escaped the frame with no further damage, stranding runners at second and third with the Muskies clinging to a 5-4 lead.
Phillips stranded another runner in scoring position in the sixth, but struggled in the seventh, surrendering three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman. The Saints would not relinquish their two-run lead.
"It was a very disappointing game in every aspect," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said.
Lakeland (1-7), which left 12 runners on base in the game, scored five times in the first three innings to take a 5-1 lead.
The Muskies touched the plate four times in the second frame, keyed by a 2-run singled by sophomore shortstop Brad Young.
Phillips took the loss for the Muskies. Van Camp surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work.
St. Lawrence's Zach Slater, who stymied the Muskie offense for three innings, picked up the win. Sean Voss pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Sophomore right fielder Andrew Schartner and junior third baseman Doug Novak had two hits apiece for the Muskies. Schartner scored twice, while Novak knocked in a pair.
Lakeland returns to action tomorrow at 4 p.m. EST for a twin-bill against St. Michael's. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.
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