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Lugnuts Cap Regular Season With Sweep

September 3, 2007 - Midwest League (MWL) - Lansing Lugnuts News Release

LANSING- The Lansing Lugnuts finished the regular season Monday night with a resounding 12-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps, sweeping the weekend series at Oldsmobile Park. The win makes this team the winningest club in franchise history with 78 victories. Lansing has also taken 14th straight home games and will enter the playoffs winners of 11-of-12.

Lansing trailed 1-0 in the first after the Whitecaps' James Skelton blasted a solo homer to right field.

The Lugnuts responded in the bottom of the frame with a five-run rally. Jonathan Jaspe's two-out single plated Scott Campbell to tie the game at 1-1. After Brian Pettway walked, Matt Liuzza ripped a single to center to score Jaspe to make it a 2-1 game. Chris Emanuele followed that with a two-run triple off of the left field wall to push the lead to 4-1. Sean Shoffit capped the inning off with a suicide squezze that brought home Emanuele to give the lugnuts a 5-1 advantage.

The Whitecaps scored twice in the third before the Lugnuts were able to pull away for good. Campbell had an RBI double to give Lansing the 6-3 lead.

Lansing's Travis Snider added to the lead in the fourth with a long solo homer to right field to put the Lugnuts ahead 7-3.

Lansing finished the scoring barrage in the eighth with four more runs, highlighted by a Shoffit three-run triple.

Ray Gonzalez (9-7) got the win by tossing six innings and allowing three hits and three runs. Only one was earned.

Lansing (78-61, 42-27) will now turn its attention to round one of the Midwest League playoffs which begin Wednesday night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts will take on West Michigan (83-57, 45-25) in the best-of-three series.

Julio Pinto (3-4, 4.21) will hurl for the Lugnuts, while Duane Below (13-5, 2.97) will take the mound for the Whitecaps. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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