Vikings fall to Beloit in opener; Lawrence rally in nightcap halted by darkness

Vikings fall to Beloit in opener; Lawrence rally in nightcap halted by darkness

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team's rally against Beloit College on Sunday at Whiting Field will have to wait for its conclusion on another day.

Lawrence tied the nightcap at 6-6 on Rudy Mueller-Schrader's dramatic eighth-inning, two-run homer in the looming darkness before the game was suspended. Patrick McDonnell's single started the rally, and Mueller-Schrader's booming homer, his second of the season, landed on the grass inside the Whiting Field track to tie it.

Beloit won the opener 23-9 in a game that lasted three hours, 17 minutes. A date for the conclusion of the second game hasn't been set.

In the second game, Mueller-Schrader went 2-for-5, scored two runs and drove in a pair. Matt Holliday was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Vikings (4-15, 1-6 MWC).

In the opener, Jaylen Davis went 5-for-5 with six runs batted in and three runs scored for Beloit (8-11, 4-3). Kam Sallee went 3-for-4, with five RBIs and scored three runs for the Bucs.

David Harrison went 3.1 innings, allowed eight hits and six runs, but picked up the win. Brad Olson gave up 13 hits and 10 runs over 3.1 innings and took the loss.

Lawrence led 4-3 heading to the fourth inning when Beloit scored 10 times to take command. Lawrence closed the lead to 15-9 in the fifth before the Bucs sealed the victory with eight runs, all unearned, in the eighth.

Holliday, Travis Weber, Reno Zemrak, Zach Rabideau and Ethan Jones all had two hits in the opener for Lawrence, and Zemrak and Andrew Lauber both drove in a pair of runs.