Softball Drops Pair of Heartbreakers to Aurora
Athletics - posted on 4/13/2006
The Lakeland softball team lost both games of a doubleheader against Aurora in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday afternoon, 4-3 and 2-1.
Down 4-1 in the sixth inning of Game 1, Allison Lock blasted a two-out, two-run double that just fell short of a game-tying home run. After Kayla Nissen pinch ran for Lock, Nicole Holland lined a base hit to center field that was unable to score Nissen from second, and Jesse Van Camp flew out to right to end the inning and the threat.
Lakeland was unable to mount another comeback in the final inning, falling just short.
"Some games are decided by a matter of inches," said head coach Chad Buchmann.
The second game saw a pitchers' duel between Lakeland's Rachel Griesbach and Aurora's Nicole Capone. Lakeland gathered only three hits off of Capone, and Griesbach allowed just seven Spartan hits.
"Rachel absolutely pitched fantastic for us today," said Buchmann. "Had we bunted better we would've probably gotten her two wins today."
With the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning, Aurora's Jamie Mueller, who reached on an error, sprinted home on a suicide squeeze bunt by Marissa Matis for the eventual winning run.
Griesbach got the loss in both games despite outstanding performances, giving up only five earned runs in 14 innings pitched while striking a total of four.
The Muskies, who fell to 8-16 on the season, resume Lake Michigan Conference play on Tuesday, April 18 as they travel to Fond du Lac to face Marian at 3 p.m.
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