Grinnell rallies to edge Vikings at MWC Tournament

Matthew Holliday went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored four runs in Lawrence's 12-11 loss to Grinnell in the Midwest Conference Tournament.
Matthew Holliday went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored four runs in Lawrence's 12-11 loss to Grinnell in the Midwest Conference Tournament.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- The Grinnell College baseball team scored the final six runs of the game Friday to pull out a 12-11 win over Lawrence University in an elimination game at the Midwest Conference Tournament at Blodgett Field.

Grinnell advances to face St. Norbert College in an elimination game Saturday, and Lawrence saw its season come to an end.

Matthew Holliday went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a pair of intentional walks and four runs scored for Lawrence (15-21). Travis Weber went 3-for-4 with a double, drove in three runs and scored twice as Lawrence collected 17 hits. 

Patrick McDonnell, Andrew Lauber, Rudy Mueller-Schrader and Reno Zemrak all had two hits for the Vikings, and Zemrak and McDonnell drove in three runs apiece.

Grinnell grabbed a 6-1 lead after two innings, but the Vikings stormed back. 

Lawrence scored three times in the third as McDonnell had a run-scoring double and Weber picked up an RBI single to trim the lead to 6-4. The Vikings added two more runs in the fifth as Holliday started the rally with his second straight double, and Lawrence tied the game at 6-6.

The Vikings exploded for five runs in the sixth to pull out to an 11-6 lead. 

The Vikings loaded the bases with no one out, and Nolan Spencer surprised everyone by stealing home to put Lawrence up 7-6. The bases were loaded again, and McDonnell walked to score Lauber for an 8-6 lead.

Holliday then scored on a wild pitch, and Zemrak followed with a two-run single to stretch the lead to five runs.

Grinnell (17-21) battled back immediately and scored two in the bottom of the sixth to mark the end of the day for Lawrence starter Kyle Duex. The Pioneers added two more runs in the seventh to cut the margin to 11-10.

The Pioneers then got two more runs in the eighth on the strength of four singles and a Lawrence error to lead 12-11. Nathan Lu worked around a two-out single by Holliday in the ninth to secure the win. He allowed three hits over 3.2 innings to get the win, and Holliday took the loss in relief.