Lakeland swept in twin bill
Athletics - posted on 3/21/2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lakeland baseball team dropped the final two games of its seven-day, 12-game trip to Florida against Plattsburgh St., 8-5 and 13-1, on Saturday at Terry Park.
The Muskies (3-9) committed a season-high nine errors in the game. Lakeland's sloppiness in the field carried over to the batter's box, where the team collected just four hits in the game.
The lone bright spot came in the top of the fifth inning, when second baseman Jess Nickel hit an RBI groundout for the Muskies' only score of the contest.
Starting pitcher Matt Katzman took the loss for the Muskies, while Plattsburgh's Billy Davis picked up the win in relief.
In Game 1, Lakeland rallied with two outs in the seventh, but was unable to get any closer than three runs.
After a run-scoring single to right center by freshman left fielder Mike Huber, Plattsburgh pulled starter Matt O'Leary. With runners on the corners, Davis struck out catcher Brad Chrudimsky swinging to end the game.
Right-handed pitcher Lee Chepil pitched all seven innings for the Muskies, taking the loss. He surrendered seven earned runs and struggled with his control, walking six in the contest. Three of those walks came around to score.
Lakeland closed the deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Chrudimsky ripped a two-out single up the middle to score centerfielder Jacob Heinemeyer, who hit an infield single to start the frame.
The Cardinals responded by extending their lead to 8-3 in the seventh when Joe Curcio homered off Chepil to deep right center.
Heinemeyer, Huber and first baseman Cal Post tallied two hits apiece in the middle of the Lakeland order.
Lakeland is scheduled to return to action next Saturday, March 28, for a doubleheader at Wisconsin Lutheran. Opening pitch is set for noon.
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