Lakeland clinches .500 trip with win
Athletics - posted on 3/18/2010
The Lakeland baseball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a 10-run-rule-shortened 11-1 victory over Minnesota-Morris on Thursday at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.
The win guarantees the Muskies (5-2 overall) a .500 spring break trip, at worst, with three games remaining.
Freshman pitcher Andy Chitwood (Muscoda, Wis.) picked up his second complete-game victory of the trip. The right-hander tossed all eight innings, scattering five hits and surrendering just one earned run.
Junior Brad Young (West Bend, Wis.) led the Muskies with four hits, four stolen bases and three runs scored in the leadoff spot. Juniors Cal Post (Appleton, Wis.) and Ryan Polizzi (Woodstock, Ill.) collected three hits and two stolen bases apiece.
"Chitwood pitched a great game," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "He got ahead in the count, threw a ton of strikes and trusted the defense to make plays. The defense played well and the offense produced."
Lakeland clinched the win with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to induce the 10-run mercy rule. Junior David Novak (Algoma, Wis.) ended the contest with a two-run double.
Seven players finished with at least one run batted in as the Muskies jumped on the Cougars (1-7) with runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
Lakeland returns to action on Friday with a doubleheader against Bethel (Minn.) at 10 a.m. (EST).
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