Softball takes two against Rockford
Athletics - posted on 4/11/2010
A pair of big hits propelled the Lakeland College softball team to a sweep of Rockford in a pair of 3-1 and 6-1 wins Sunday afternoon in Northern Athletics Conference play.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, freshman Jessie Eichner singled in Sam Shepeck and Jenni Klamm from third and second, respectively, to give the Muskies a 2-1 lead.
Lakeland (11-7, 5-1)added an insurance run in the sixth as senior Sara Roberts scored Chelsea Coenen from second base on a single to right field. Roberts then kept Rockford (3-13, 3-5) scoreless in the seventh as the Regents brought the go-ahead run to the plate.
" Sara was overpowering in the circle today," Lakeland head coach Chad Buchmann said. "She did a great job of keeping their best players off base. Jessie had a great hit with two outs that proved to be crucial, and April Schmitz played a solid third base for us today."
Roberts allowed one run in seven innings on four hits. She hasn't walked a batter in her previous 30 innings pitched.
In game two, senior KC Blahnik broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second with a grand slam deep to left center field for her first home run of the season.
"KC's grand slam was the key of the second game," Buchmann said. "It was great to see her break out of a little power slump. She came up in the right spot at the right time. This is when we need our seniors to shine and she stepped up when we needed her. She showed why she's the best player in the conference."
Shepeck sacrificed in a run in the bottom of the third with Leah Sheahan on third to put Lakeland ahead 5-0. The Muskies scored again in the fourth inning when Heather Haeflinger drilled a ball down the right field line and recorded an in-the-park home run.
Roberts and Cassie Felton combined to throw seven innings of one run ball.
Lakeland continues NAC play tomorrow with a doubleheader at Marian. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
Share This Story Help
Lakeland offers links to several popular social bookmarking services. These links help you share stories with other people or create bookmarks for future reference. The services are free, but they require a personal account. Click for more information on social bookmarking
<< Return to News