LU softball exits tournament early

Philip Roy

The softball team faced reigning MWC champions Lake Forest College in their first game of the Midwest Conference tournament, hosted at Whiting Field. Toren Johnson’s 2-RBI double in the third and an RBI single from Carrie Van Groll helped Lawrence take an early 3-2 lead. The Vikes, however, would not score again as the Foresters countered with 4 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the game 5-3.
The loss sent the Vikings to the losers’ bracket, where they would face Beloit College. This time the Vikes were on the wrong end of the early lead, as the Buccaneers went up 2-0 in the third. Lawrence’s dry spell at the bat continued until they managed a two-run rally in the 6th. But this would prove insufficient as Beloit ended the Viking season with the 3-2 victory.
Beloit eventually faced Lake Forest in the championship game. The Foresters rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring three runs and clinching their fourth consecutive Midwest Conference Championship. The Vikings will be without seniors Greta Raaen, Felice Porrata, and ace pitcher Lauren Kost next year, but will remain a strong squad and contenders for the MWC crown that they fell short of this season.