Muskies throw no-hitter, sweep Maranatha
Athletics - posted on 4/28/2009
Lakeland pitchers Sara Roberts (Escanaba, Mich.) and Cori Zornacki (Colorado Springs, Colo.) combined for a five inning no-hitter in game one of a pair of 20-0 and 16-0 victories over Maranatha as the Muskie softball team concluded its regular season schedule Tuesday night in Watertown.
With tonight's wins, Lakeland seals a second place finish in the Northern Athletics Conference. Tonight also broke the school record for wins in a season as this year's 28 wins topped the 27 victories in 2007, and Chad Buchmann won his 100th game as Lakeland head coach as the Muskies finished the regular season with a 28-8 record.
Juniors Chelsea Coenen (Wrightstown) and KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) once again led the Muskie offensive effort. Coenen drove in eight total runs on seven hits and scored five times. Blahnik scored seven times on five hits with seven batters driven in.
Twelve Muskie batters recorded at least one hit on the night, and seven batters recorded multiple hits as all 13 Muskie batters recorded at least one run.
Roberts won her 19th game of the season as she threw three perfect innings. Zornacki pitched for the first time in her collegiate career and allowed only a walk to her first batter in the Maranatha fourth.
Cassie Felton picked up the victory in game two to improve to 7-2 on the season. She gave up two hits in three innings as Alyssa Nelson (Germantown) finished the final two innings with only one hit allowed.
Lakeland opens up the 2009 Northern Athletics Conference softball tournament as the #2 seed, and will play on Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. against the winner of the #3 vs. #6 game held Thursday. All games will be held on the campus of Alverno College. For information on this weekend's festivities, click here
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