Baseball Season in Full Swing

Matt Hoh

The Lawrence Baseball team started the season out down in Florida on March 22. They traveled to Fort Pierce where they finished with a 3-6 record under the first year Coach Anderson, from Grinnell.
The first 4 games were against Grinnell College, where the Vikings spilt 2-2 with wins of 1-0 and 7-2. The Vikings then battled with Carleton where they won 3-1 and lost the other 2 games. The Vikings struggled in the final doubleheader as the dropped both games to #20 raned NAIA Northwood.
In more recent action, the Vikings traveled to Ripon on April 2, where they split a doubleheader with a win of 4-1 where senior pitcher Frank Forseth pitched a phenomenal complete game.
The final meeting of both Ripon and Lawrence followed on April 4 where the Vikings lost both including the nightcap game in the 9th inning.
The Vikings battled in the first game which ended in a score of 11-8. On the offensive side of things Forseth lead the Vkings as he had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Pitching for the Vikings were Ben Konetzke, Mike Baumann, Matt Frelich, and Kevin Penza.
The second game in the double header started out great for the Vikings as they built a 3-1 lead after 4 innings. Helping build the lead were Robert Rashid who scored one run off his 3 hits and Jordan Clark who drove in 2 in the bottom of the 4th.
After 8 full inning Ripon was able to battle back and tie the game at 3. The top of the 9th was what killed the Vikings as Ripon scored 3 runs. Wes Otte’s homer in the bottom of the inning was not enough to overcome the deficit. Andy Frelich pitched a full game where he faced 38 batters.
The Lawrence Baseball team is back in action on Saturday April 11th where the host UW-Fond du Lac at noon.

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