Softball slugs past Marian
Athletics - posted on 4/12/2010
The Lakeland College softball team pounded out 28 hits and 33 runs on Monday night, defeating Marian 19-8 and 14-9 in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader Monday night in Fond du Lac, Wis.
The Muskies' bats were awake in game one with seven of nine starters recording at least one hit. Seniors KC Blahnik and Chelsea Coenen each scored four runs, and Blahnik, Coenen and sophomore Leah Sheahan drove in three runs each from the top of the Lakeland batting order in the 11-run victory.
"Tonight was the best I've seen us play in a long time," Lakeland head coach Chad Buchmann said. "Everyone contributed and it was a fun night."
Blahnik hit her second home run in as many days on the game's second pitch to get the scoring started in the first inning. The Muskies stole five bases in the opener, led by a pair each from freshmen Jenny LaLuzerne and Heather Haeflinger.
"We were relaxed coming into tonight and got it going right away," Buchmann said. "We knew Marian was going to be competitive and we needed to be focused, that we had to show up tonight to do well."
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh in game two, the Lakeland offense broke open the game with 10 runs off of seven hits and a pair of Marian errors to pull ahead by nine in the eventual five run victory.
"We always seem to be successful at Marian," Buchmann said. "We just kept hitting tonight and played a strong technical game all the way around."
LaLuzerne paced Lakeland with four RBI on three hits. Blahnik drove in three more from the lead-off spot and scored a team-high four times as she hit her third home run of the season in the Muskie half of the third.
Lakeland returns to action after pair of off days with a home non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, April 15 against Carroll. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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