Big opening innings lead Luther to sweep of Vikings

Nolan Spencer had four hits in the nightcap for the Vikings.
Nolan Spencer had four hits in the nightcap for the Vikings.

MAUSTON, Wis. -- The Luther College baseball team used a big opening inning in both games of the doubleheader Monday night to sweep a pair of nonconference games from Lawrence University.

Luther won the opener 9-2 and took the nightcap 13-10 at the Woodside Complex.

The Norse (17-11) scored six times in the first inning of the opener and tallied seven runs in the first inning of the nightcap.

In the second game, Lawrence (4-19-1) kept chipping away at the lead after Luther grabbed the lead in the top of the first. The Vikings got two runs in the first on Patrick McDonnell's two-run single and cut the lead to 8-4 with two more runs in the second.

Lawrence added three more runs in the third on three walks, a hit batsman and bunt single to cut the margin to 9-7. Luther struck back for four runs in the fourth to retake control.

The Vikings got three more runs in the sixth, including two on Ethan Jones' double, but could pull no closer than the final margin.

Nolan Spencer went 4-for-5 and scored three runs for the Vikings, and Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs.

In the opener, Luther's Bryce Hingst and Cody Reimer both collected three hits. Joey Cardamon allowed four hits and one run over five innings to get the win.