Muskies swept in twin bill
Athletics - posted on 4/8/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland baseball team suffered consecutive losses on Wednesday evening, 6-5 and 11-2, against Marian in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader at Wildwood Baseball Park.
The Muskies (9-13 overall, 4-4 NAC) chipped away at a 6-3 deficit in the first game, but were unable to complete the comeback.
"We talked as a team, and we really played our game," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "We had a couple stupid mistakes on the bases that might have cost us the game. [Sophomore Mike] Ruzek and [sophomore] Jeremy Williams pitched well. It took a great game from Marian's pitcher to beat us."
Sophomore catcher David Novak's second home run of the game brought Lakeland to within one, but winning pitcher Nick Raddant, who tossed a complete game, struck out junior third baseman Doug Novak to end the game.
David Novak tied the game with a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Marian (9-5, 4-0) responded with a three-spot in the next frame.
The home runs were the first of Novak's career.
"David's one of our hardest workers in the off-season, and it's good to see that it's paying off for him," Thousand said.
Ruzek, who took the loss for Lakeland, pitched six innings, surrendering six earned runs while striking out seven.
Williams and junior Lee Chepil combined for three innings of scoreless relief for the Muskies.
Freshman left fielder Mike Huber knocked in the Muskies' other run with a single to center field in the sixth, bringing around junior Jacob Heinemeyer, who doubled to lead off the frame.
In Game 2, Marian scored in six of the nine innings while the Muskies left 11 men on base.
"We got on our guys a little bit for their mental approach in the second game of a doubleheader," Thousand said. "It has to be better."
With the game tied 1-1 after one inning, the Sabres scored seven unanswered runs to take a commanding 8-1 advantage in the eighth.
Huber and sophomore Ryan Polizzi collected two hits apiece to lead the Muskies.
Senior Jake Van Camp took the loss, tossing 5 1/3 innings in the start.
The Muskies resume NAC play this Saturday with a home doubleheader against Edgewood. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.
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