Muskies win pair against St. Norbert
Athletics - posted on 4/7/2009
Chelsea Coenen did a little bit of everything for the Lakeland softball team Tuesday night.
The junior center fielder was 4-6 from the plate on the night with two home runs, eight runs batted in, three runs and two stolen bases as the Muskies extended their winning streak to nine games with a pair of 10-1 and 9-7 victories over St. Norbert.
Coenen's first home run came in the bottom of the third as Lakeland trailed 1-0. Her liner down the left field line got away from the left fielder, allowing KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) and Coenen (Wrightstown) to score on an inside-the-park home run.
Her second home run of the game came in the form of a grand slam that capped-off a seven run inning and invoked the eight-run rule limit, giving Lakeland (11-5, 4-0) the nine run victory.
Sara Roberts (Escanaba, Mich.) pitched seven strong innings, giving up a single unearned run and only four hits as she collected her eighth win of the season.
Leah Sheahan (Salem) and Nicole Geurts (Freedom) each picked up multiple hits in the game with two apiece.
The Lakeland offense stayed hot in game two. Leading 3-0 after two innings, the Muskies scored four in the fourth to jump ahead 7-0.
Coenen knocked in Blahnik with a triple to left center field, and beat a throw home in the next at bat on a fielder's choice to the pitcher. A wild pitch later in the inning allowed both Sheahan and Geurts to advance into scoring position where Christina Moore (New London) drove in both on a single.
St. Norbert climbed back, taking advantage of five hits and four Muskie errors in the top of the fifth to trail by only two.
The Muskies gained two runs back in their half of the inning. Blahnik tripled in a run and scored on a wild pitch to give Lakeland a four run lead.
The Green Knights put pressure on Lakeland in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs before Cassie Felton (Green Bay) got the tying tun to ground out to short.
Alyssa Nelson (Germantown) picked up her first victory of the season, pitching three innings of scoreless ball and allowing no hits and two walks.
"I feel that we're starting to find our rhythm," Lakeland coach Chad Buchmann said. "We're going up to the plate knowing that if we get a pitch we can hit, chances are we put it into play."
The Muskies have swept their last three doubleheaders, taking series from Marian and Dominican along with tonight's games.
"All of our veterans are performing, and our younger players have taken advantage of opportunity when called upon," said Buchmann.
Lakeland returns to Northern Athletics Conference action Thursday with a doubleheader against Concordia Wisconsin. Thursday's games will be the team's first this season to be played on-campus. Game one is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
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