Bats cold against Cazenovia as Vikings open spring break trip in Florida

Lawrence dropped a doubleheader to Cazenovia by the scores of 7-1 and 9-3.
Lawrence dropped a doubleheader to Cazenovia by the scores of 7-1 and 9-3.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The bats went silent Friday for the Lawrence University baseball team as the Vikings opened their spring break trip in Florida with a pair of losses to Cazenovia College.

The Wildcats defeated Lawrence 7-1 in the opener and took the nightcap 9-3.

In the first game, Cazenovia starter Ryan Cooper tossed a one-hitter in the seven-inning contest. Cooper walked two and did not record a strikeout. The only hit for the Vikings was Anthony Ortiz's third-inning single.

Lawrence starter Chris Shaw allowed three runs on three hits over five innings and took the loss. He struck out four and walked two.

Colin Pickert went 2-for-4 and scored a run to pace the Wildcats, who led 3-1 after five innings and sealed the victory with four runs in the sixth. Lawrence manufactured its only run in the fifth on a walk, a hit batsman, a sacrifice bunt and a ground out.

In the second game, Cazenovia (5-4) broke open a close game with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Chris Schad went 3-for-4, scored three runs and drove in three to pace the Wildcats.

The Vikings were limited to four hits as Patrick McDonnell, Matthew Holliday and Travis Weber all collected doubles. 

Anthony Kane allowed three runs over six innings, struck out eight and walked three to pick up the win. Brad Olson gave up six runs, struck out two and walked two over five innings to take the loss.

Lawrence (2-7) jumped on top with two runs in the first on McDonnell's two-run double. Cazenovia scored three times in the bottom half of the inning and added another run in the second for a 4-2 edge.

Lawrence cut the lead to 4-3 on Weber's run-scoring double in the third, but that's as close as the Vikings would get.