SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Marian University baseball (10-8, 2-5 NACC) fell to Lakeland by a 7-5 final before the second game of their series was postponed due to rain.
The Muskies were able to score first using three walks in the bottom of the first to score a pair of runs. Marian bounced back in the next half inning evening the score after senior Travis Slywka walked with the bases loaded and junior Nick Bastien brought in sophomore Nick Dugandzic.
Lakeland made sure the tie wouldn’t last long, however, as the Muskies plated three runs in the second and two more in the sixth to take a 7-2 advantage. The Sabres began to rally in the seventh started by a long ball from junior Jake Arens. After a bunt single from sophomore Sean Meyer, Dugandzic hit a double to plate him. Dugandzic later came around to score following a sacrifice fly from sophomore Michael Snow to put the score at 7-5.
The Sabres were able to get the tying run to the plate in the eighth and ninth inning but couldn’t complete the rally. The heart of the Marian lineup went 7-for-13 (.538) with Meyer going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Junior Drew Nuanes was strong out of the bullpen going 2.2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out two.
Marian and Lakeland will close their series tomorrow, Monday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in NACC action.