Baseball season comes to an end

Matt Hoh

The Vikings wrapped up their season with a record of 12-20 and went 5-11 in a tough Midwest Conference North division.
The Vikings pitching staff was led by Aaron Leitner 5-3 and Frank Forseth 4-1 with three saves; both had ERAs of 2.4 on the season. Also helping were Andy Frelich with an ERA of 3.28 and reliever Mike Baumann, ERA 3.38.
On the offensive side, Robert Rashid led the team with an average of .366 as he compiled 34 hits. Slugging percentage was led by Wes Otte and Frelich with .505. Otte also led the team with 24 RBIs, and Frelich led the team with five home runs. Jordan Clark led the team with 39 hits as he batted .345 on the season.
The Vikings were in action April 28 battling Wisconsin Lutheran. The Vikings were unable to get the bats going, as they fell 8-4 and 6-1. Forseth paced the Vikings, going 2-2 at the plate, and Otte also had a two-hit game.
Beloit College visited on April 29, stealing the opening game 4-3 and continuing to sneak past Lawrence 7-3 in the nightcap. Forseth again paced the Vikings in the opener with two hits along with Rashid. In the nightcap, Frelich hit a solo home run for the Vikings and Jameson Raymond had two hits.
St. Norbert College came to battle LU April 30. The Knights came out strong in the first game and won 7-2. Clark led the team with eight hits. In the nightcap, the game just slipped away from Lawrence as Ben Konetzke pitched eight innings, allowed only eight hits and struck out four. However, his effort was not quite enough, as the Vikings let one slide 5-4. Offensively, Frelich homered and Otte knocked in two.
The Vikings then traveled to St. Norbert with similar results. The Knights blew past LU 17-7 in the first game, in which Eric Bohling had three hits and Luke Kostreva and Hawk Haiduke each had two. In the final game, the nightcap, St. Norbert again slipped by with a 7-6 win. Rashid, Haiduke and Forseth each compiled two hits in the game.