Muskies split final doubleheader of '09 season
Athletics - posted on 5/5/2009
The Lakeland baseball team split its final doubleheader of the 2009 season at MSOE on Tuesday night, following up a 14-10 first-game victory with a 13-3 loss in Game 2 at Neumann Family Field in Milwaukee.
Lakeland (15-24, 10-12 Northern Athletics Conference) put up nine runs in the top of the sixth inning of Game 1 to turn an 8-3 deficit into an 12-8 advantage.
"We met as a team outside the dugout before that inning, and I think we came together at that moment," said sophomore shortstop Brad Young, who was 3-for-5 with five runs batted in for the game. "We started playing real baseball from that point on. Our pitchers really stepped up after that and shut the door."
The Muskies pounded out eight hits in the frame, receiving run-scoring hits from Young, left fielder Mike Huber, centerfielder Jacob Heinemeyer, designated hitter Jeremy Williams and second baseman Ryan Polizzi.
Senior starting pitcher Mike Phillips (2-3) picked up the win in his final collegiate game, throwing five innings. Bill Miller pitched the last four innings in relief for Lakeland.
Huber and Heinemeyer also posted three hits apiece.
The second game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. MSOE (9-29-1, 4-18) tallied seven runs in the final frame to end the game.
Third baseman Doug Novak and catcher Brad Chrudimsky each posted two hits in the contest. Novak, Young and sophomore right fielder Andrew Schartner knocked in a run apiece.
Lakeland starting pitcher Garrett Morris (0-2) took the loss.
With the split, the Muskies, winners of 10 of 15 true road games during the year, conclude the season in ninth place in the conference.
Players and coaches expect to be in the top half of the league next season, when a majority of the starting line-up, along with a number of the team's pitchers, return.
"The biggest difference from last year was that this year we enjoyed being around each other and playing with each other," Young said. "We have a lot of team chemistry. We just need to play with that killer mentality we had against Dominican yesterday and in the one inning against MSOE.
"We feel very strongly about competing for a conference title next season. Our team has a lot of potential; we just need to put it all together."
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