Vikings power past Minnesota-Morris

Reno Zemrak had two hits and drove in three runs in Lawrence's 13-2 win over Minnesota-Morris.
Reno Zemrak had two hits and drove in three runs in Lawrence's 13-2 win over Minnesota-Morris.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Lawrence University baseball team scored five times in the second inning Saturday to break the game open and rolled to a 13-2 nonconference win over the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Lawrence pounded out 13 hits and scored in every inning but the third. Kyle Duex pitched all seven innings for the Vikings and allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked two to earn the victory.

Reno Zemrak went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead the Vikings (3-7). Lead-off hitter Nolan Spencer was 2-for-4, scored three times and stole four bases, and Matthew Holliday drove in three runs for Lawrence. Patrick McDonnell, Rudy Mueller-Schrader and Andrew Lauber all collected two hits for the Vikings.

Sam Melchior allowed eight runs and nine hits over 3.2 innings and took the loss for Morris (1-8).

Lawrence led 1-0 heading to the second when the Vikings broke the game open. Mike Brady delivered a run-scoring single, and Zemrak's ground out drove in another for a 3-0 lead. Holliday later smacked a two-run single, and McDonnell added a run-scoring double to put the Vikings up 6-0.

The Vikings added two more runs in the fourth with just one hit and stretched the lead to 9-0 with a run in the fifth.

Lawrence was up 9-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth when the Vikings sealed the victory with four runs. A bases-loaded error on Brady's grounder allowed two runs to score, and Zemrak followed with a two-run single to put the Vikings up 13-2.

Duex worked a scoreless seventh to end the game on the 10-run rule.