Muskies drop pair against Ripon
Athletics - posted on 4/21/2010
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland baseball team fell behind early and was unable to recover, falling to Ripon 12-5 and 10-5 in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Lakeland.
The Muskies (15-13 overall) chipped away at a 7-1 deficit in Game 2 but could get no closer than three runs.
Junior Brad Young's two-out homer to deep left in the bottom of the seventh drew Lakeland to within 8-5. However, Ripon (13-15) scored twice in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of a pair of Muskie errors to widen the margin.
Young and seniors Jacob Heinemeyer (Shiocton, Wis.) and Doug Novak (Algoma, Wis.) finished with two hits apiece to lead the Lakeland offense.
Sophomore Erik Kozey (Medford, Wis.) and juniors Matt Katzman (Prairie du Sac, Wis.) and Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) each pitched at least one inning of scoreless relief. Starter Ryan Polizzi (Woodstock, Ill.) struck out three in three innings of work, taking his third loss of the season.
In Game 1, the Red Hawks hit four home runs, including three straight in the third inning and a grand slam in the seventh inning.
After falling behind 12-1, the Muskies posted runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Novak knocked a run-scoring single in the seventh, while sophomore Stephen Kalina (Lake Villa, Ill.) posted an RBI groundout in the seventh and a two-run double in the ninth.
Kalina finished with four RBIs for the contest. Novak, Young, and junior Cal Post (Appleton, Wis.) each finished with two hits and at least one run scored.
Making his second appearance of the season, freshman pitcher Justin Reminger (Leopolis, Wis.) took the loss in two innings of work. Senior Lee Chepil (Ladysmith, Wis.) and freshman Andy Chitwood (Muscoda, Wis.) each recorded scoreless relief appearances.
The Muskies return to Northern Athletics Conference play this Saturday, April 24, against Wisconsin Lutheran. First pitch at Lakeland is set for 12 p.m.
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