Day 9: Fort Myers, Fla.
Athletics - posted on 3/21/2009Assistant director of sports information Chris Lindeke brings you daily coverage from Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, Fla., where the Lakeland baseball team will play 12 games in seven days between Sunday, March 15, and Saturday, March 21.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It is currently 8:30 a.m. EST, just about an hour and a half before the Lakeland baseball team wraps up its spring trip with a doubleheader against Plattsburgh St.
Five wins on the trip seems a little more realistic at this point as the Muskies (3-7) knocked off St. Michael's in a twin bill
yesterday, 7-0 and 4-3.
Powered by stellar pitching performances from Mike Ruzek (Game 1) and Bill Miller (Game 2), Lakeland picked up a pair of inspiring wins that left players and coaches buzzing for hours after third baseman Brad Chrudimsky knocked in the winning run in Game 2 by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Each game went extremely fast, with the first game ending in a brisk one hour, 27 minutes. The games were only seven innings a piece, but still ... wow.
After the game, we headed to a local Golden Corral for a buffet-style meal. Let's just say the soft serve machine got a full day's work in a matter of 45 minutes.
We rushed back to the hotel, arriving just minutes after the tip of the Wisconsin-Florida State NCAA Tournament contest. I think you could hear a collective roar from our players, coaches and staff throughout the hotel when Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes put the Badgers ahead with two seconds left in overtime. What a game! What a tournament!
It looks like we are in for another gorgeous day in Fort Myers. Right now, it is sunny and a little bit cool, but the day is still young and there is plenty of time for it to warm up to the mid-80s that we've become accustomed to.
We will be headed out right from Terry Park at the conclusion of today's action. We will be stopping in Port Charlotte so the team can shower, and will then begin the long trek back to Sheboygan.
This is the final blog for the trip. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this writer's thoughts and insights throughout the last nine or so days.
Also, a special thanks to student manager Megan Andrews and athletic trainer Garth Laszinski for the photos that appeared in these releases.
If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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