Stellar pitching performances help Muskies sweep Benedictine
Athletics - posted on 4/10/2010
The Lakeland baseball team received a pair of standout pitching performances en route to a doubleheader sweep, 8-0 and 3-1, over Benedictine in Northern Athletics Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Lisle, Ill.
Senior pitcher Lee Chepil (Ladysmith, Wis.) continues to be a stalwart on the Muskie staff, as he shut down the Eagles (7-11 overall, 2-2 NAC) for his second complete game shutout of the season. The right-hander surrendered just five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out a career-high 10 hitters.
Clinging to a 1-0 advantage through the first five innings, Lakeland (11-7, 3-3) broke the game open with three runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a run-scoring single by junior Brad Young (West Bend, Wis.) and a two-run homer by senior Doug Novak (Algoma, Wis.).
The Muskies added three in the eighth after three scored on a single to center field by sophomore Mike Huber (Reedsburg, Wis.).
Novak finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Junior David Novak (Algoma, Wis.) also posted three hits, while Young and junior Cal Post (Appleton, Wis.) recorded two hits and an RBI each.
In Game 2, juniors Matt Katzman (Prairie du Sac, Wis.) and Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) combined to give up just one unearned run and four hits. Katzman earned his third victory of the season after going the first seven innings, with Schartner collecting his third save of the year after tossing the final two.
Lakeland scored two in the second after Doug Novak singled in a run and scored on a wild pitch later in the frame.
The Muskies added an insurance run in the sixth when Post knocked his team-leading third long ball of the season.
Novak and Post each finished with two hits in the contest to lead the Muskie offense.
Lakeland returns to action tomorrow in a home doubleheader against MSOE. The NAC showdown is slated to begin at 12 p.m.
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