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This week the Lakeland College baseball team opens Northern Athletics Conference play against Maranatha Baptist College and Marian University.
The Muskies (8-3) began the week splitting a non-conference doubleheader with NAIA foe Cardinal Stritch University. Lakeland will host Maranatha Baptist on Saturday, March 31, at noon in Lakeland's NAC opener before traveling to Marian University for their first true road game of the season on Sunday, April 1, a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
The Muskies have continued to play well, winning four of their last five games, including outscoring Finlandia 24-2 in 14 innings. Lakeland got two strong pitching performances, as Andy Chitwood and Derek Loomans combined to throw 14 innings, allowing two unearned runs on nine hits, while walking five and striking out nine. The Lions hit just .176 in the two games.
Mike Ruzek led the Muskies at the plate, batting .571 (4-for-7) with five RBIs and four runs scored. David Cherney had a big game as well, hitting .667 (2-for-3) with four RBIs, and one run scored.
In the split with Cardinal Stritch, Lakeland got a strong pitching performance from Ruzek who allowed just two unearned runs over seven innings, earning a 6-2 victory. In game two, Garrett Morris was plagued by defensive miscues, allowing five runs, four earned, in six innings. The Muskies scattered 10 hits, but scored only two runs, losing 5-2.
See what head coach Michael Bachar says his team needs to do to win this week: http://youtu.be/uFqouXGSPDI