Vikings win two of three

Ray Tucker

The Viking baseball team played host to the University of Dubuque and split their double header April 7 at Whiting Field. The team then battled for a 4-2 win over Monmouth College at a neutral site April 8.
The Vikings, now 6-10 on the season, played host to Dubuque for their only two games of the year to be held at Whiting Field. In the first game the Lawrence players found themselves in a hole as they trailed 10-1 after only four innings. However, the Vikings would battle back to score six runs in the last two innings lead by Nick Pedretti, Frank Forseth, Robert Rashid and Andy Frelich, who all had two hits each. Alex Fritsch started the game and finished with the loss for the Vikings.
The nightcap game was an exciting offensive battle. As Lawrence started out strong, they finished the first inning up 4-3. After four-and-a-half innings the Vikings found themselves down 9-4.
LU opened the floodgate in the bottom of the fourth as they scored nine runs. Jordan Clark led the charge in the inning with two hits and two RBIs; he finished 4-5. Frelich also helped in the inning as he knocked in two runs, and finished the game with two hits.
Also contributing to the offensive battle was Rashid, who finished with three RBIs off two hits. Eric Bohling also helped out as he had two hits and crossed the plate a team-high three times.
Andrew Wilt started the game for LU and Aaron Leitner was the relief pitcher who pitched four and a third innings. Leitner was able to weather the final charge of Dubuque as they scored five in the last three innings. Leitner was able to finish the game for a 15-14.
The Vikings then traveled to Rockford Illinois where Forseth dominated the Scots of Monmouth College with a 4-2 win. Forseth pitched a complete game, only allowing two unearned runs and not giving up a single walk. Forseth picked up a win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
In the game, the Vikings found themselves down 2-1 after four complete innings, and they would come back to a 2-2 tie after the next inning. Forseth would finish off the final nine batters in order, and Lawrence would pick two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to give them the win. Offensively, Pedretti led the Vikings as he finished 3-4 on the day and Bohling had 2 hits. Both finished with an RBI.
Lawrence is back in action as they battle at Carroll University April 18. The Vikings return home April 20 at 2 p.m. when they host UW-Stout at Don Hawkins Field.