Softball Suffers First NAC Loss of Season
Athletics - posted on 4/10/2007
The Lakeland College softball team picked up its first Northern Athletics Conference loss of the season, breaking a nine-game winning streak as the team dropped the second game of its doubleheader with Wisconsin Lutheran, 8-4, after handily winning the first, 10-0, on Tuesday, Apr. 10, at Lakeland.
"Anytime you put nine wins together, people start noticing you and you come out with a target on your back," said head coach Chad Buchmann. "I don't know if you can say you really need these types of games, but we needed to be challenged. We didn't play our A game in the second game, and that's not normally what we do. We have been doing all the right things consistently since we got back from Arizona, which is why we have been in every game."
The Muskies (14-6, 7-1 NAC) got the scoring started early in the first game, putting up four runs off four hits in the first inning. After scoring another run in the second inning, junior first baseman Allison Lock and freshman second baseman KC Blahnik each blasted a key hit, as Lock hit a double followed by a triple from Blahnik to help the squad tally three runs in the third inning. Senior catcher Katie Yeager rounded out the scoring in the fourth inning, sealing the game with a two RBI single.
Junior third baseman Kourtney Peters, junior shortstop Elisa Waltz, junior right fielder Rebecca Schuettpelz and Yeager all finished the game going 2-3 at bat with Yeager racking up three RBI's and one run.
Freshman Sara Roberts picked up the win in game one, throwing four innings and only allowing three hits. Fellow freshman Cassie Felton came in to relieve Roberts in the final inning, allowing no hits.
In the first game we came out with confidence and jumped out early on them," Buchmann said. "Everyone was playing well and our hitters were just crushing the ball and doing a good job of stealing bases."
However, the second game was another story as the Muskies accumulated three fielding errors on defense and could not find a solution to the Warriors' Michelle Shambeau, who went the distance on the mound with 10 strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
Lakeland found itself down early, as the Warriors tallied three quick runs in the first inning. The Muskies finally found their offense in the fourth inning the tie the score at 3-3, aided by the squad's only two hits of the game by Blahnik and Waltz.
Wisconsin Lutheran countered with another three runs in the fifth inning, then put up two more runs in the sixth inning to the Muskies' one.
"A number of things accumulated to put us in a position where we were unable to win," said Buchmann of game two. "We've had trouble hitting against her (Shambeau) before."
Roberts picked up the loss in the second game, throwing four innings after relieving Felton in the second inning, tallying five strikeouts and allowing six hits and three runs. Junior Jenny Zimmerman came in to throw the final inning, allowing three hits and two runs.
"I told the ladies that there are going to be bumps in the road along the way," Buchmann said. "But, we'll be able to turn it around and be ready to go tomorrow. We have 10 games this week and we have to come back ready to play."
The Muskies will look to resume their win streak with a NAC doubleheader at Alverno on Thursday, Apr. 12. Game time is set for 5 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.
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