Muskies battle Sabres
Athletics - posted on 4/20/2005The Lakeland College Fastpitch team split with Lake Michigan Conference leader Marian College (7-1, 22-8) on Wednesday, winning the first game 8-4 and dropping the second, 1-0.
“Last night it was a great day to be a Muskie,” said Lakeland coach Chad Buchmann. “We played awesome defense for two games, hit the ball hard and put it all together. We played the game as a team and attacked a very solid conference team.”
In game one, Lakeland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning by stringing together five hits, three hit batters and two walks. Marian came back with three runs of their own in their bottom half of the inning. The Muskies responded with two more runs in the top of the fourth.
“It was a statement game in that we scored first, and then every time Marian scored, we came out and scored more,” Buchmann said.
On the day, Muskie pitcher Rachel Griesbach struck out seven and held the high-powered bats of Marian to five runs in 14 innings (two games).
Highlights in game one saw freshmen Alison Lock hit her first career solo home run, junior Valerie Barlett go 2-2 with a run scored, freshmen Kourtney Peters was 2-4 with a double, a walk and three runs batted in, junior Monica Hetzel went 3-3 with a run scored and freshmen Mel Houle was 2-4.
“Alison’s home run was a huge momentum builder for the team and an awesome hit,” Buchmann said.
In game two, Griesbach continued her dominating pitching performance, but unfortunately took the loss. Both teams only manufactured four hits each in the entire game. The Sabres managed to put two of their four hits together in the seventh inning to pull out the 1-0 victory. Barlett, Hetzel and Houle were the lone Muskies to get a hit.
The Muskies play their final regular season LMC conference game at home on Monday, April 25, against Wisconsin Lutheran, beginning at 3 p.m. The Muskies are now 4-6 in the LMC with four conference games left.
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