Muskies Sweep NAC Pre-Season Favorite Spartans in Home Opener
Athletics - posted on 3/24/2007
The Lakeland baseball team swept Aurora, the Northern Athletics Conference coaches pre-seaon poll favorite and the 22nd ranked team in the nation in Saturday afternoon's doubleheader at Muskie Park.
The Muskies (6-6, 2-0 NAC) grabbed the first game, 8-6 over the Spartans (6-7, 0-2 NAC) and defeated the Spartans again in the second game 6-4. The Muskies were down 2-0 after the first inning. Senior Mitch Heinemeyer hit a two-run homerun to tie the game 2-2. Lakeland picked up two runs in the third, three runs in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Heinemeyer and freshman Jacob Schoemann lead the team in hitting both going 2-for-3 and both adding two RBI's each for the contest.
Senior Zach Schmitz picked up the win seven innings pitched and shutout the Spartans in six straight innings. Sophomore Dan Rhodes pitched the last two innings for his second save of the season.
In the second game Aurora scored one run in the first and second innings to go up 2-0. The Muskies answered with five runs in the bottom of the second. Both teams scored runs in the third and Spartans would end the scoring with a run in the ninth.
Seniors Tyler Schmitt and Brett Nelson led the team both going 2-for-4 and had two RBIs apiece.
Junior Nate Brusewitz took the win on the mound for the Muskies, allowing just four hits, struck-out three and gave up no earned runs in six and a third innings. Sophomore Mike Phillips picked up the save in the last two and two-thirds innings.
Lakeland was one of the few teams in the conference to hold a game because of rain and bad field conditions at other schools.
"I was very excited about our team's attitude today," said Lakeland head coach Chris Thousand. "They took a lot of pride being one of the few teams in the conference to play today. They worked really hard to get the field in condition to play."
The Muskies play next on Tuesday when they face Marian at 1 p.m. in Fond du Lac.
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