Vikings split doubleheader with Thomas

Rudy Mueller-Schrader had two three, three runs batted in and two runs scored in Lawrence's 12-4 win over Thomas.
Rudy Mueller-Schrader had two three, three runs batted in and two runs scored in Lawrence's 12-4 win over Thomas.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Lawrence University baseball team won the opener against Thomas College on Thursday, but the Terriers salvaged a nonconference doubleheader split by taking the nightcap.

Lawrence powered to a 12-4 victory in the first game, and Thomas hung on to win the second game 7-5.

In the opener, Lawrence pounded out 14 hits and was led by Travis Weber, who went 3-for-4 with a double, scored one run and drove in a run. Rudy Mueller-Schrader and Nolan Spencer both went 2-for-3, drove in three runs apiece and scored two runs apiece.

Matthew Holliday and Andrew Lauber both had two hits, and Mike Brady scored two runs and drove in two more for the Vikings (4-9).

Tony Caputa worked a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the first win of his career. Jonah Gorgon allowed eight hits and six runs over 4.1 innings and took the loss for Thomas (1-5).

Lawrence trailed 4-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth when the Vikings scored five times. Lawrence parlayed two hits, both run-scoring singles from Mueller-Schrader and Patrick McDonnell, two walks, three hit batsman and an error into five runs and an 8-4 lead.

Lawrence added to that lead with four more runs in the sixth. Spencer delivered a two-run single and Mueller-Schrader and Brady both had RBI singles as the Vikings stretched the lead to 12-4.

In the second game, the Vikings trailed 7-3 heading to the seventh before they rallied. Brady's fielder's choice and a Reno Zemrak double put two runners aboard, and Ethan Jones followed with a two-run triple to trim the margin to 7-5 with two outs. Brandon Hubb got Andrew Lauber to fly out to end the game. Hubb went the distance to get the win.

Brad Olson allowed six runs and seven hits over four innings and took the loss. 

Jones went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Zemrak and Mueller-Schrader both went 2-for-4.