PLYMOUTH, Wis. – Every win counts, so its especially helpful when you win two. With the MSOE Raiders baseball team still in the race for the sixth and final spot in the playoffs, the Red & White helped their efforts by taking care of Lakeland on Friday afternoon on the road.
MSOE Raiders – 8
Lakeland – 3
MSOE Raiders – 8
Lakeland – 5
HOW IT HAPPENED
All was quiet on the western front in game one, as three full innings went by without a run scoring between MSOE (11-21, 8-10 NACC) and Lakeland (7-26, 5-13 NACC). Finally, the Muskies broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fourth, with three runs crossing the plate to put them up 3-0. The Raiders responded in kind, not with just three runs, but with eight. MSOE scored two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and two more in the seventh. MSOE was helped out by the Lakeland defense, who committed four errors that led to three unearned runs. The starting pitching duo of Riley Wikel (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) and Noah Davison (Geneva, Ill. / Geneva Community) provided the bullpen some much needed rest, as the two combined for just seven hits in the 8-3 victory.
The tables would turn in the next battle, as it was the Raiders defense that would be the shaky ones in game two. The good guys wereassessed three errors throughout the nine-inning game, and while those would account for four of the five runs that the three MSOE hurlers would allow, the trio of Mason Lebreck (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley), Nathan Tremore (Ripon, Wis. / Luther Prep), and Sam Crawford (Cedar Rapids, Iowa / Linn Mar) settled in to give up just eight hits. The Red & White on the other hand put up 13 hits on the board to once again score eight runs in the win. Andres Oselio (Beloit, Wis. / Memorial) was on fire with five hits in his six attempts and Nick Striker (Mundelein, Ill. / Mundelein) had three runs batted in, as the Raiders scored all their runs in the second and third inning to win game two 8-5.
The Red & White are winners of four out of their last six contests, who sit one game ahead of Illinois Tech for the sixth and final playoff spot. However, the Raiders have completed 18 games, while the Scarlet Hawks have played two less at 16.
MSOE STAT TRACKER – TWO GAME TOTALS
Aaron Trattner (Glendale, Wis. / Nicolet) – 2 runs, 2 hits
Ryan Kocher (Winfield, Ill. / Wheaton North) – 3 runs, 1 hit, 3 RBIs
Josh Beier (Mount Horeb, Wis. / Mount Horeb) – 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 RBIs
Andres Oselio – 1 run, 5 hits, 2 RBIs
Noah Davison – 5 innings pitched, 2 hits, no runs allowed
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will look to keep their winning momentum going, the question is when and who are they going to play next. Currently, MSOE is slated to play Wisconsin-Lutheran in a two game series tomorrow afternoon, but stay tuned to our social media channels on updates on how this evening's weather will effect those plans.