Lake Land College coach Julio Godinez notched his first career win behind a complete game three-hitter from Mattoon graduate Hayden Birdsong on Sunday.
The Lakers (1-3) defeated Jefferson College, 5-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Lake Land lost the second game, 11-8.
Birdsong threw seven strong innings, giving up three hits, while striking out 11 and walking one. The three hits all came in the three-run sixth for the Vikings. A Brett Hammet home run accounted for all three RBI. Overall the Lakers outhit the Vikings, 6-3.
The Lakers scored five runs in the fourth and fifth innings of the first game, giving Birdsong all he needed to get the win. Keagan Brady drove in a run in the fourth, Jacob Spitz earned a walk to push in another, and a sac fly by Oliver Dunn delivered a third.
In the fifth, a single by Andrew Erickson and a fielders choice grounder by Chaz Dickerson brought the two runs across
In the second game, Jefferson College (5-1) took advantage of four walks and a hit batsman that were sandwiched between a run scoring double and a run scoring triple to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 lead after three innings. The Lakers tied the game after scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Jose Arrieta came in on a Caleb Hill double, while Hill scored on a wild throw after stealing third. In the fifth, Gunner Laughunn doubled in one run Dunn grounded out to score another.
But Lake Land allowed four walks and an error that led to four runs. There was only one single in the inning. The Lakers added one in the eighth but that was all they would get.
Jackson Nichols gave up four runs, one earned, in 1 2/3 innings. Ben Schuler, Yong and Brady had two hits apiece. Brady also drove in three runs.