Muskies enjoy four game win streak, bury Marian
Athletics - posted on 4/7/2011
The Lakeland College softball team swept Marian University in the team's home opener, 11-2 and 9-4, respectively, Thursday afternoon at Muskie Field.
The Muskies (4-10, 4-0) imposed their will on Marian in its first trip to Lakeland in seven years.
The Muskies beat the Sabres in five innings in game one after scoring five runs in the bottom of the third.
Sophomore Heather Haeflinger (Shawano, Wis.) led the Muskies at the plate going 4-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. Freshman Chelsea Gile (Grand Junction, Mich.) posted a solid afternoon at the plate as she went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs.
Freshman Sammy Rieder (St. Cloud, Wis.) recorded a double while going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore Jenny LaLuzerne (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) scored two runs while posting an RBI and going 3-for-4 from the plate. Rounding out Lakeland's scorecard was freshman pitcher Samm Janc (Worth, Ill.) who posted four RBIs while going 2-for-2.
On the pitching mound Janc recorded two strikeouts while only giving up three hits. Sophomore pitcher Erin Henk (Hoopeston, Ill.) posted one strikeout while giving up zero runs in two innings pitched.
Head coach Chad Buchmann was proud of the team's composure.
"This was the first home game for the majority of the girls," said Buchmann. "We didn't know how they would respond to opening day on our field, but they came through and got big hits for us. Samm Janc and Chelsea Gile played awesome today and stepped up."
In game two, Lakeland's bats were just as busy, recording 15 hits while scoring nine runs. Rieder, Gile and LaLuzerne each doubled to secure the rival sweep.
LaLuzerne went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Rieder went 2-for-3 and Gile 1-for-1 with two RBIs.
"It's always good to beat Marian," said Buchmann. "Our bunting could have been better, but our next step is working on urgency."
For the doubleheader, Lakeland recorded 20 runs on 32 hits.
Coach Buchmann earned his 199th career victory and hopes to secure the 200th against Concordia, Wis., on Saturday, April 9, at Muskie Field. First pitched is slated for noon.
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