Muskies sweep Lawrence in non-conference play
Athletics - posted on 3/31/2010
The Lakeland baseball team showed no signs of rust following an 11-day break between games, knocking off Lawrence 13-0 and 10-7 in a pair of non-conference games played Wednesday afternoon in Appleton, Wis.
The first game ended in seven innings as the Muskies (8-4 overall) posted six runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from senior Doug Novak, and tallied three more in the sixth to take a commanding lead.
Senior pitcher Lee Chepil (Ladysmith, Wis.) tossed his third complete game of the season to pick up his third win of the season in as many appearances. The right-hander allowed no runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six in seven innings, giving the Lakeland pitching staff its first shutout of the season.
"Lee threw great," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "He just did what he's been doing all year. He got ahead of hitters and made them hit his pitch."
Novak (Algoma, Wis.) finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while junior Cal Post (Appleton, Wis.) totaled three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. Seven of Lakeland's nine hitters finished with at least two hits.
"Offensively, we performed very well against a lefty (starter)," Thousand said. "We made a couple of adjustments early and did a great job."
In Game 2, the Muskies broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth and extended their advantage to 10-5 with a three spot in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Andy Chitwood (Muscoda, Wis.) highlighted the seventh with a bases-loaded, three-run double, while junior David Novak's three-run home run put the Muskies ahead in the top of the first inning.
Chitwood, a left fielder, finished with three hits, a home run short of the cycle, with a run scored and three RBIs.
"Chitwood's hitting was the story in the second game," Thousand said. "He was one homer short of the cycle and his hit in the seventh was basically the game-winner."
Starting pitcher Garrett Vincetich-Morris (Janesville, Wis.) settled down after surrendering three first-inning runs. The sophomore right-hander allowed four earned runs and struck out eight over six innings of work to earn his first victory of the season.
Junior Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), who was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the game, picked up his first career save and the pitching staff's first of the year by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Lawrence dropped to 1-10 on the year.
Lakeland returns to action this Saturday against Aurora in the Northern Athletics Conference opener for both teams. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. in the doubleheader.
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