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Burdick tosses complete game victory versus EIU

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CHARLESTON--WILLIAMS FIELD--Freshman hurler, Braylyn Burdick (Boonville, IN; Boonville High School), of Lake Land College, tossed a complete game versus the Eastern Illinois University Panthers to force a split of a scrimmage double header Sunday.

Hope Collier (l.) and Maddy Adams (r.) look on as Braylyn Burdick warms up

Lake Land dropped the first scrimmage, 6-2, in a game where the Lady Lakers didn't generate any significant offense against Panther pitching until their last at-bats. Freshman, Mikayla Brasel (Ava, Murphysboro High School) proved to be a bright spot, singling twice to right field.

The Lady Lakers threw three freshman pitchers in the scrimmage: Holly Marousek (Chicago; Mother McAuley High School), Madison Bostick (Roosevelt, UT; Union High School), and Sydney Rawlings (Lone Tree, CO; Rock Canyon High School). Each continued to gain valuable experience by facing many junior and senior level hitters.

In the second scrimmage, the Lady Lakers found themselves down 2-0 after the first inning, but cut the Eastern Illinois lead in half in the second. Burdick settled in for a couple innings, and then the Lady Lakers put up a crooked number in the top of the fourth, plating four times to go up 5-2.

The surprise came in the bottom of the frame, when Burdick headed out to the circle for a fourth inning of work. Lake Land had working their freshman pitchers about three innings thus far. Some may have thought it was simply time for Burdick to stretch her workload.

Laker Softball at Williams Field, Eastern Illinois University
And then Burdick reappeared for the fifth, and then the sixth, continuing to toss donuts onto the Panthers portion of the scoreboard. In a post-game interview on Lakerball Radio, Burdick said she had no idea she was going to throw more than the usual three innings.

And then Burdick popped out of the Lake Land dugout to head to the circle for the seventh. When EIU's leadoff hitter reached, however, and later scored to make it 5-3, some may have wondered if a pitching change was a possibility. But the Lake Land defense backed up their starter well, and Burdick went all seven to notch her first complete game victory at the collegiate level.

Other notable Lady Laker performances came from:
Sophomore, Hope Collier (Effingham; Effingham High School), who crushed a double to left-center;
Sophomore Addison Baele (Washington, IL; Washington High School), who smoked a double down the left field line with runners on base;
Freshman Libby Munsterman, who although booted one ground ball, fielded multiple hot grounders afterward to help Lake Land record some important outs;
Brasel, for the aforementioned pair of singles, plus another liner on which she was robbed from reaching base;
Sophomore, Monica Menas (Crystal Lake; Crystal Lake High School), for catching extended innings in the second scrimmage after catching the entire first scrimmage, plus a hustling catch on a low level popup behind home plate in which she had to navigate completely around a home plate umpire who had a difficult time getting out of the way, to the point where Menas circled around behind him on the right and came out on the left for the catch.

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