Lawrence rallies for split at Ripon

Lawrence rallies for split at Ripon

RIPON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team rallied in the nightcap Saturday to earn a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with Ripon College at Francis Field.

The Vikings took the nightcap 7-6 after Ripon won the opener 6-4.

In the second game, Rudy Mueller-Schrader went 3-for-5, and Matt Holliday and Ethan Jones both went 2-for-4 to lead the Vikings. Holliday and Brandon Klar both drove in a pair of runs for Lawrence (4-10, 1-1 MWC).

Craig Batchelor picked up the win with 1.1 innings of relief, and Zach Rabideau pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.

Ripon (2-11, 1-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Lawrence rallied for six runs in the sixth. Travis Weber led off the inning for Lawrence with a homer, his first of the season, to cut the margin to 5-2.

Rabideau then singled, Mueller-Schrader doubled and Jones singled to drive in a run. After a strikeout, Nolan Spencer singled to drive in a run, and Klar followed with a double to score another and tie the game at 5-5. Holliday then delivered a two-run single to put the Vikings up 7-5.

The Red Hawks added a run in the sixth to cut the margin to one, but Lawrence worked out of jams in the eighth and ninth to preserve the win. With two on and two out in the eighth, Rabideau came in and got a ground out to end that threat. He gave up a single in the ninth but got a pair of ground ball outs to end the game.

In the opener, Mueller-Schrader went 2-for-4 and Holliday drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings.

Lawrence led 2-0 after scoring twice in the top of the second. Rabideau's run-scoring single scored Weber, who had doubled to start the frame. Anthony Ortiz then added a sacrifice fly to score Rabideau.

Ripon tied it with two runs in the bottom of the inning, and the score stayed the same until Lawrence scored twice in the top of the seventh. After Spencer was hit by a pitch and Klar singled, Holliday delivered a two-run single to put the Vikings up 4-2.

Ripon came right back and scored twice in the bottom half of the inning, and then added two more in the eighth to take the lead after snuffing out a Lawrence rally.

Kyle Duex pitched seven-plus strong innings and took the loss. He gave up seven hits and only three earned runs. Matt Hecht pitched 2.1 innings of relief to get the win.