Baseball dominant over Carroll

Matt Hoh

Last week, the Vikings played two doubleheaders against Carroll University in which LU won three. With the wins, the Vikings have now won seven of their last eight games to improve to a record of 11-11 on the season and 4-4 in the conference.
In the first doubleheader, the Vikings hosted Carroll April 16, a game in which senior standout Frank Forseth took the mound. Forseth pitched through seven innings in which he struck out eight and only walked two. The Vikings closed out the game with a score of 12-7, and Forseth received the win to improve to a 4-0 record for the season.
In the nightcap the Vikings had the lead going into the ninth with a score of 9-6, however they were unable to weather the charge of the Pioneers as they put up four runs in the top of the ninth to end the game 9-10.
In the second doubleheader April 18, the Vikings traveled down to Carroll where they picked up two wins.
In the first game the Vikings won 11-5. Ben Konetzke pitched five innings to pick up the win and improve to 2-3. Alex Fritsch came in and pitched four to get the save.
Leading the offensive charge were senior Jordan Clark and junior Wes Otte. Clark tied the school record as he went 5-5 on the day and drove in two. Otte went 4-5 for the day and had 5 RBIs and a solo homer in the second. Overall, the Vikings compiled an impressive 18 runs in the opening game.
The Vikings went for the sweep in the second game. Aaron Leitner started for the Vikings. Lieitner Pitched seven innings and left with the lead of 10-6. Andrew Wilt came in and pitched one inning before Forseth was brought in in the bottom of the ninth with no outs and the bases loaded.
Forseth then retired two at home on groundouts that went back to him and finished by getting the final batter to pop up. The Vikings swept Carroll on the day as they won 10-9; Lietner received the win and Foresth the save.
Leading the charge on offense was again Clark as he went 3-6, scoring twice and knocking in two. Clark is now batting an impressive .405 on the season. Andy Frelich also when 3-6 on the game and recorded 4 RBIs.
The Vikings next home game is April 25 at 1 p.m. when they battle Beloit.

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