Bright Lights Blind Muskies
Athletics - posted on 4/2/2005
Under the lights at North Park University field, the Lakeland softball team lost a pair of games to Elmhurst College (Ill). Due to rain at Elmhurst’s fields, the games were moved up the street to North Park’s softball complex.
The Muskies lost the non-conference opener 8-6 after scoring in the first and second innings. Junior Val Barlett lead the game off with a single then sophomore Katie Yeager moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Alli Weiss (soph.) singled to start the Muskies off with the lead. The Blue Jays countered with a run of their own in the first and built up an 8-2 lead by the seventh inning.
The Muskies rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, but left the bases loaded to end the game, 8-6. Val Barlett was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Freshman Elisa Waltz was 2-for-4 with one run scored and classmate Pam Valukas was 3-for-4 with one run scored. Freshman pitcher Rachel Griesbach had five strikeouts and took the loss for the Muskies.
In the second game, the Muskies bats were as cold as the spring night. They were outhit 12-7 and only had the lead for the first inning (3-0), losing 13-3 in six innings.
“The ladies did an awesome job of coming out firing by scoring three runs in the first inning,” Lakeland coach Chad Buchmann said. “Elmhurst’s timely and aggressive hitting was the key to their success.”
Four of the Muskies game-high seven hits were in that first inning. Elmhurst heated up as the night grew colder for the Muskies. Freshman pitcher Jenny Zimmerman took the loss for the Muskies.
The 3-7 Muskies travel to Dominican University for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on April 3.
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