Vikings take two from Northland

Travis Weber had five hits and drove in six runs in Lawrence's doubleheader sweep of Northland.
Travis Weber had five hits and drove in six runs in Lawrence's doubleheader sweep of Northland.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team rallied late for a victory in the home opener on Friday and then rolled to a blowout win in the nightcap to sweep a nonconference doubleheader from Northland College at Whiting Field.

Lawrence took the first game 10-8 and cruised to a 15-5 win in the second game.

In the opener, Travis Weber went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs batted in to pace Lawrence (7-10). Reno Zemrak went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Matthew Holliday was 2-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Vikings. Zach Rabideau went 2-for-4 with a double as the Vikings collected 13 hits.

The Vikings trailed 8-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth before exploding for six runs. Rabideau and Andrew Lauber started the inning with singles, but a double play looked like it was going to derail any rally. After a walk, Mike Brady picked up a run-scoring single, and Nolan Spencer followed with a walk.

Weber then delivered a two-run double to score Ethan Jones and Brady to cut the lead to 8-7. Holliday came through with a two-run single to put the Vikings up 9-8. Rudy Mueller-Schrader followed with a run-scoring single and the Vikings led 10-8.

Brady came on in relief and worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the season. Tony Caputa allowed one run over two innings of relief to move to 2-0 on the season.

In the nightcap, Lawrence pounded out 18 hits and built a big early lead. The Vikings scored six times in the bottom of the first as Rabideau, Lauber, Anthony Ortiz and Brady all picked up run-scoring doubles. The Vikings added another run in the second after Weber tripled and scored on Holliday's double for a 7-0 edge.

Northland (0-13) closed the gap to 10-5 in the top of the seventh before Lawrence added three more runs in the bottom half of the inning with the help of two hit batsmen, a walk and an error. The Vikings then closed out the game on the 10-run rule with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Mueller-Schrader went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Ortiz was 3-for-4 and scored three times and Brady also went 3-for-4. Patrick McDonnell went 3-for-5 and drove in a pair, and Weber collected a pair of hits and drove in two. Holliday also collected a pair of RBI and now stands just two RBI away from breaking Lawrence's career record of 100.

Kyle Duex went six strong innings to get his second win of the season. He struck out eight and walked three. Riley Reuter allowed 11 hits and nine runs over 4.2 innings and took the loss.