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The Lakeland baseball team opened its season by dropping three games to DePauw University as part of the Muskies' spring break trip.
After losing their season opener, 3-2, on Saturday, Lakeland lost both games of a doubleheader to the hosts on Sunday, 8-4 in the opener and 9-0 in the nightcap. DePauw improves to 11-3 with the three wins this weekend.
In Sunday's opener, DePauw broke open a scoreless tie with a five-run fifth inning. Lakeland, trailing 7-0, scored four times in the eighth. The Muskies had 10 hits in the game.
Sophomore centerfielder Jacob Heinemeyer, freshman first baseman Cal Post, junior second baseman Alex Grant and junior shortstop Zach Hilbert all had two hits each, and Heinemeyer, Post, Grant and senior Adam Hablewitz all drove in a run.
Senior Nate Brusewitz took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings, walking four and fanning three. Junior Mike Phillips pitched the last three innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one.
In Sunday's second game, DePauw scored a run in the first, six in the third and single runs in the sixth and seventh, taking advantage of four Lakeland errors in the process. Lakeland scattered seven hits, and left eight on base.
Lakeland freshman catcher Dave Novak was 3-for-4, and senior third baseball Chris Daun had two hits.
Freshman Alex Ackerman suffered the pitching loss, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. He walked six and struck out four. Sophomore Tyler Villiard pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits and fanning two.
Lakeland suffered a tough loss in its season opener on Saturday, as DePauw got a two-out hit in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Lakeland, which tied the game at two in the top of the ninth, out-hit the hosts 8-5.
Post, Novak and freshman left fielder Andrew Schartner each had two hits for the Muskies, while Grant had an RBI-double.
Sophomore Lee Chepil suffered the pitching loss in relief, allowing two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. He walked one. Junior Jake Van Camp had a strong start, giving up just one run on two hits in seven innings, fanning four and walking two.
The Muskies continue their spring trip Monday at Manchester, Ind., before heading to Ohio for a pair of games.