Shaw delivers as Vikings shut down Illinois College

Chris Shaw tossed six innings and allowed only two hits in a 5-3 win over Illinois College.
Chris Shaw tossed six innings and allowed only two hits in a 5-3 win over Illinois College.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Lawrence University's Chris Shaw tossed six innings of two-hit baseball Saturday to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 Midwest Conference win over Illinois College at Blodgett Field.

The game was part of the Midwest Conference Crossover Tournament.

Shaw allowed no earned runs, struck out two and walked eight. Tony Caputa tossed a pair of scoreless innings of relief, and Kyle Duex came on to get the final out for his first save of the season.

Reno Zemrak went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings (9-11, 2-1 MWC). Nolan Spencer and Travis Weber both went 2-for-4 and each scored a run for Lawrence. 

Lawrence trailed 1-0 when the Vikings scored three times in the fourth innings. Singles by Spencer and Weber started the inning, and both scored on an error. Zemrak later executed a squeeze bunt to score Patrick McDonnell for a 3-1 lead.

The Vikings tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh. Lawrence went up 4-1 in the sixth after Zemrak's single scored Matthew Holliday, and Lawrence made it 5-1 in the seventh when Spencer singled to score Ethan Jones.

The Vikings would need those insurance runs when Illinois College (12-9, 3-3) scored twice in the ninth with the help of five walks. Duex came in and struck out the final hitter to end it.