Big inning lifts Monmouth past Vikings in MWC Tournament opener

Lawrence's Travis Weber hit a solo homer against Monmouth in the opening game of the Midwest Conference Tournament.
Lawrence's Travis Weber hit a solo homer against Monmouth in the opening game of the Midwest Conference Tournament.

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- The Monmouth College baseball team rallied for six runs in the sixth inning Friday to post an 8-3 win over Lawrence University in the opening game of the Midwest Conference Tournament at Glasgow Field.

Lawrence led 3-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth, but the Scots (26-12-1) scored six times on four hits, including a two-run double by Tyler Ulfig and a two-run single by Grant Myers.

The Vikings (15-20) were unable to rally against Tyler McDonald, who limited Lawrence to just one hit over the final three innings. McDonald went the distance to get the win, and he allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked two.

Chris Shaw allowed only five hits over 5.2 innings and took the loss. He struck out four and walked five.

Monmouth grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but Travis Weber cut that margin in half with a two-out solo homer in the fourth. Lawrence then grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.

Matthew Holliday led off the inning with a double, and Patrick McDonnell followed with a walk. After Weber's single loaded the bases, Rudy Mueller-Schrader was hit by a pitch, and Holliday trotted home to tie the game at 2-2. Two batters later, Reno Zemrak's ground out scored McDonnell and gave the Vikings a 3-2 edge.

Holliday and Weber both finished 2-for-4 to pace Lawrence's attack.

Lawrence dropped into an elimination game to face Grinnell College later on Friday. Grinnell lost 12-11 to St. Norbert College in the other opening game as the Green Knights scored eight times in the bottom of the ninth to win it.