Ninth-inning rally gives Vikings dramatic win over Clarkson

Ninth-inning rally gives Vikings dramatic win over Clarkson

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Lawrence University baseball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth Sunday to rally for a 7-6 nonconference victory over Clarkson University.

Included in the winning rally was a steal of home and a key passed ball to set up the winning run.

Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs for the Vikings (2-6). Andrew Lauber and Brandon Klar had two hits apiece for Lawrence, and Lauber drove in three runs. 

Zach Rabideau allowed one run and three hits over four innings to earn the win for the Vikings. Kyle Duex worked a perfect ninth for the save. 

Clarkson (1-2) took a 6-5 lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Vikings rallied against reliever Andrew Smith, who took the loss.

Spencer started the rally with a one-out triple, and after a strikeout, the speedy shortstop stole home to tie the game at 6-6. Holliday followed with a single, and moved to second on a passed ball. Lauber then delivered a single to score Holliday and put the Vikings up 7-6.

Lawrence opened the game by scoring three runs in the top of the first as Lauber stroked a run-scoring double and Travis Weber delivered a two-run double. Clarkson countered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Vikings tied it at 4-4 in the second when rookie Patrick McDonnell blasted his first collegiate homer to start the inning. Clarkson took a 5-4 lead in the third, and Lawrence tied it in the fifth when Klar doubled and scored on Lauber's squeeze bunt.