BELOIT, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team rallied for a 5-4 extra-inning victory at Beloit College in the first game of Sunday's Midwest Conference doubleheader and clinched a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament in the process.
Lawrence trailed by three runs heading to the ninth inning, but tied the game at 4-4 and then won it with a run in the 10th. Lawrence's win, coupled with Ripon College's loss at St. Norbert College, put the Vikings in the tournament for the first time since 1990.
Matthew Holliday allowed one hit and struck out two over the final two innings to earn the victory.
The Vikings were down to their last out in the top of the ninth with the bases empty when Weber reached on an infield single. After a wild pitch, Mueller-Schrader reached on an error by the third baseman. Mike Brady then reached on another error by the third baseman, and Weber scored to trim the lead to 4-2.
After a walk to Ethan Jones loaded the bases, Lauber followed with a two-run single to score Mueller-Schrader and Brady to tie the game at 4-4.
The Vikings started the 10th with Zach Rabideau reaching on a throwing error on a bunt attempt. Holliday followed with a single to put runners at the corners with no outs. Patrick McDonnell followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Rabideau and give the Vikings a 5-4 edge. After Weber lined out, Mueller-Schrader doubled, but the Buccaneers threw a runner out at the plate to avoid any further damage.
Holliday allowed a one-out single in the bottom half of the inning, but the struck the next batter out and got a fielder's choice ground ball to end the game.
Mark Christine allowed three hits and one run over the final 1.1 innings for Beloit (20-16, 6-9) and took the loss.
St. Norbert will host the MWC Tournament, which begins Friday. Lawrence will play its first game against the South Division winner at 9:45 a.m. at Westwood Park in De Pere, Wis.