Muskies bats quiet, swept by Spartans
Athletics - posted on 4/2/2011
The Lakeland College baseball team was swept in their doubleheader against Aurora University on Saturday afternoon, losing game one 10-0 (8 innings) and game two 5-1.
The Muskies (5-7, 0-2 NAC) offense has yet to find its rhythm since leaving Florida, as they scored one run on just seven hits on the afternoon.
In game one, senior right-fielder Andrew "Woody" Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) and freshman first basemen Anthony Lutz (Neenah, Wis.) got Lakeland's two hits. Schartner was 1-3 with a walk while Lutz went 1-2 with a walk.
The Muskies had a runner on base in six of the eight innings but just couldn't put together a rally, being held without a hit after the second inning.
Senior right-hander Mike Ruzek (1-2)(Manitowoc, Wis.) had his worst performance of the year, going six innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out just one. Junior right-hander Erik Kozey (Medford, Wis.) finished the game going one inning, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk.
In game two the Muskies got off to a promising start, as Schartner stayed hot, singling to centerfield to lead off and later scoring on a David Novak (Algoma, Wis.) RBI single to center. However, that would be all for the Muskies who scored just one run on five hits. Schartner finished the game 2-3 with a run scored and Novak accounted for the teams other three hits, going 3-4 with an RBI.
On the mound, senior right-hander Matt Katzman (1-3)(Sauk Prairie, Wis.) had another rough start, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on ten hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Freshman Matt Weller (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) finished the game, throwing a perfect 1/3 of an inning.
Lakeland returns to action next Saturday, April 9, when they host Benedictine University for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
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