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The Lakeland College softball team split its home doubleheader with Edgewood College on Friday, April 18, dropping the first game, 5-3, before storming back to take the second game, 16-6, in just five innings.
Sophomore Sara Roberts suffered the loss in the first game, giving up nine hits with three strikeouts. Sophomore Cassie Felton snagged the win in game two after coming in during the second inning to relieve Roberts.
"We beat ourselves in the first game," said Lakeland head coach Chad Buchmann. "We had some bloopers and left people on base, which ended up really hurting us."
The Muskies (11-11, 10-4 NAC) endured three errors on their side in the first game, which led to a forfeit of a 2-0 lead to Edgewood in the fourth inning when the Eagles knotted it up at 2-2. Lakeland would score one more run in the fifth inning, but Edgewood tallied two more in the sixth to take the game.
Freshman Sam Shepeck and senior Allison Lock led the offense in game one, as Shepeck went 2-3 with 3 RBIs while Lock was 2-4.
During the second game, the Muskies made a point to step up their offensive output, cracking a team total of 15 hits. Buchmann also cited Felton's pitching as a factor in the win.
"Cassie pitched just awesome in the second game," Buchmann said. "We really needed her to step up, and she came through. Our hitting was also much-improved in the second game."
Seniors Kourtney Peters and Elisa Waltz and freshman Kayla VandeWettering all tallied doubles in the game, with VandeWettering chalking up two. As a result, VandeWettering led the team with four RBIs along with freshman Kristine Raeder, who also had four.
The Muskies will continue NAC play on the road with a doubleheader against Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday. Game start time is set for 12 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.