Vikings go 1-3 in non-conference play

Phil Roy

Lawrence played host to the University of Chicago April 14 for a non-conference doubleheader.
In the opener, the U of C made use of 3 Lawrence errors to score the first 2 runs of the game in the third inning. The Maroons added another 2 in the fifth as the Vikings struggled offensively and were limited to just 1 hit in the first five innings.
Lawrence got started in the sixth, however, with Becca Reason driving in Amanda Hauser who had doubled earlier in the inning. The Vikings would continue to rally in the closing inning as Loni Philbrick-Linzmeyer and Carrie Van Groll drove in 1 run each.
The rally would end there, however, with the Vikings coming up a run short in the opener. Tammi Weiss picked up the loss, pitching the entire game. The junior still holds a winning record with 4 wins against 3 losses.
Lawrence came out firing in the second game as catcher Philbrick-Linzmeyer drove in 2 runs with her double in the first inning. The senior from Green Bay didn’t stop there, pounding out another double in the third to extend the Vikings lead to 3.
The game would end with the 3-0 scoreline as sophomore pitcher Catherine Marinac recorded her second shutout of the season. Marinac is 7-5 on the season and was named Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for her performances against U of C and Carroll College.
Wednesday, the Vikings faced a tough away matchup against UW-Whitewater. The Warhawks pounded out 12 hits in the opening encounter, while the Vikings were limited to 4.
Lawrence was down just 2 when the Warhawks’ offense fired up to post 5 runs in the third inning. They went on to add another in the fifth to end the game at 10-2.
Lawrence rushed to a lead in the second half of the doubleheader on a 2 RBI double by Toren Johnson. Molly Bouressa scored on an error in the same inning, putting the Vikings up 3-0.
The Warhawks unleashed 3 home runs in the fifth inning, however, to take the lead, which they extended with 4 more runs in the sixth. Lawrence pulled 2 back in the closing inning to end with the 8-5 scoreline.
The Vikings are now 11-12 overall but hold a 4-3 edge in conference play. Lawrence returns to action when they host MSOE on Thursday and will resume their conference play this weekend at St. Norbert.