Muskies fall behind early, suffer loss at Carthage
Athletics - posted on 4/22/2009
The Lakeland baseball team fell behind early and was unable to recover, falling at No. 17 Carthage 7-2 in a non-conference battle on Wednesday afternoon in Kenosha.
Sophomore starting pitcher Bill Miller (1-5) was roughed up for six runs (four earned) in his three innings of work as the Red Men took a 6-0 lead into the fourth.
Miller, who normally has a good command of the strike zone, struggled to find the catcher's mitt, walking five.
"Bill struggled and kind of beat himself early," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "Our errors hurt, but the biggest thing was that they jumped on us early."
Despite a stellar effort from the Lakeland bullpen, which surrendered just one unearned run in five innings, the Muskies (11-20, 6-8 Northern Athletics Conference) were unable to muster much offensively, posting just four hits in the game.
The team's four errors were the most it has committed since March 21 against Plattsburgh St.
Sophomore catcher David Novak put Lakeland on the board in the top of the sixth with an RBI single to right. Novak was 2-for-4 on the game.
The Muskies added a run in the ninth when sophomore centerfielder Jeremy Williams hit a sacrifice fly to score Novak from third base.
"We were a little undisciplined at the plate," Thousand said. "We put it together at the end, but we had given up too much early on. It was too little, too late."
Starting pitcher Jordan Jaehne-Llanas picked up his fourth win of the season for Carthage (22-5).
Lakeland was also defeated by the Red Men earlier this season. Back on March 15, Carthage defeated the Muskies 13-2 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
The Muskies resume NAC action this Saturday as they host Benedictine in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.
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