Vikings split doubleheader slugfest with Iowa Wesleyan

Lawrence's Zach Rabideau went 8-for-11 in the doubleheader with Iowa Wesleyan.
Lawrence's Zach Rabideau went 8-for-11 in the doubleheader with Iowa Wesleyan.

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The Lawrence University baseball team split a nonconference doubleheader slugfest Sunday with Iowa Wesleyan University at Lenz Field.

Lawrence won the nightcap 10-7 after Iowa Wesleyan took the opener 26-24.

Zach Rabideau went 3-for-4 with a double, and Pat McDonnell also was 3-for-4 for the Vikings (1-2) in game two. Anthony Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and two runs scored, and Matt Holliday also collected two hits for Lawrence.

The Vikings jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the second and then added insurance runs late to win the nightcap. Lawrence scored three in the first as Holliday and Rudy Mueller-Schrader both picked up run-scoring singles, and the Vikings added three more in the second with the help of a costly two-run error on Holliday's line drive to center field.

Lawrence led 6-4 and added two more runs in the fifth as Ortiz smacked a run-scoring triple, and the Vikings made it 10-7 with two more runs in the sixth.

Cullen Ellis picked up the win in relief, and Mike Brady tossed three innings of scoreless relief for the save.

In a wild opener, the teams combined for 50 runs and 51 hits in a game that lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes. Lawrence tied its school game record for runs and hits, set a school record with nine doubles and posted the second-most runs batted in with 22.

Rabideau and Mueller-Schrader both went 5-for-7, and Rabideau drove in five runs to lead Lawrence's 25-hit attack. Nolan Spencer, Travis Weber and McDonnell all collected three hits for the Vikings, and Spencer scored five runs while Weber drove in three.

Holliday went 2-for-6 with two doubles and three runs batted in and broke Lawrence's career doubles record. Holliday now has 36 doubles, breaking the mark of 35 set by Andrew Wong from 2003-06.  

Joe Belarde went 6-for-7, drove in eight runs and scored six runs to pace Iowa Wesleyan (2-1), which collected 26 hits.

Lawrence led 16-15 after six innings, but the Tigers scored eight times in the bottom of the seventh to take a 23-16 lead. The teams traded three runs apiece in the eighth before Lawrence rallied in the ninth. Rabideau had a two-run triple, and Holliday and McDonnell both delivered run-scoring doubles in the inning before William Hlady got the final out to secure the win.