Sports Shorts

(Brent Schwert)

The Lawrence men’s baseball team traveled to North Carolina for their annual spring break trip, playing nine games in five days. Coach Krueger and his team have had success on such trips in the past, but unfortunately the warm weather of North Carolina was not enough to heat up the bats of the Lawrence men.
The Vikings went 1-8 on the trip, scoring 16 runs in nine games, while being shut out five times. Lawrence picked up their win against Endicott College behind seven strong innings from Chris Clouthier. Billy Bodle, Adam Fritsch, and Doug McEeaney each had a pair of hits in the victory.
Transfer Kevin Kangas performed well on the trip, pitching in two games and giving up only one run in each of those outings. Unfortunately, Kangas had little run support as the Vikings failed to score in each of his appearances.
Sophomore Hawk Haiduke led the Vikings with 10 hits while batting .357 on the trip while junior Tim Salm hit the Vikings lone home run. Lawrence will look to bounce back as conference play begins soon.Softball
The softball team put together an impressive 7-3 run during their spring break trip to Florida. The Vikings had some hot hitting from Jenna Reichel, Carrie Van Groll and Toren Johnson. Van Groll had belted two homers and a triple to go with her .412 batting average.
Lawrence’s batting line-up looks astoundingly deep with 10 players currently batting above the .300 mark. The Vikings looked strong on the mound as well with Catherine Marinac and Meredith Foshag accounting for the seven wins. The women will look to carry their form into conference action when they face off against St. Norbert on April 11.

The men’s tennis team dropped three in a row over the past two weeks, falling to Lake Forest, Concordia and Knox. The Lake Forest and Concordia encounters saw the Vikings pick up just three wins, two from the No. 3 doubles pairing of Kyle Nodarse and Philip Roy and one from Daniel Hertel at No. 2 singles. Lawrence had a shot at ending their losing streak the next weekend but Nick Dufficy’s hard fought loss in a third set tie-breaker gave Knox the 5-3 decision.