As is often the case with baseball, the Vikings had been in a bit of a slump. After losing nine of the previous ten games, including the most recent five, the team was able to find life against the St. Norbert’s squad and maintain some hope for their season. The win on April 24 put the Vikings at 8-15 on the season, and 2-5 in Midwest Conference play.
The weather on gameday was not quite picturesque. The second game of the planned doubleheader ended up being postponed to May 2, though it did not dull the efforts of the Vikings.
Following a three-run, seven-strikeout pitching performance from sophomore Chris Shaw, the team provided a four-run spark in the sixth inning. Junior Craig Batchelor came on in relief and held on for the 6-4 victory.
The team then dropped a doubleheader to UW-Platteville, putting them at 8-17 for the season.
Up next for the Vikings is Beloit, with two doubleheaders this weekend, at Beloit on April 30, and at Whiting Field on May 1. Those four games can swing the season in the right direction, as the Bucs currently lead the North Division of the conference at 6-2. With nine conference games remaining, it is still mathematically possible that the Vikings earn a spot in the MWC tournament. Although a few things must go right for them down the road, as it stands, the ball is in the Lawrence dugout.