Vikings open season with doubleheader split against Elmhurst

Lawrence baseball action Mike Brady
Lawrence opened its season with a doubleheader split against Elmhurst.

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The Lawrence University baseball team rallied in the opener Saturday and picked up a nonconference doubleheader split with Elmhurst College at Lenz Field.

Lawrence took the first game 4-3, and the Bluejays won the nightcap 6-2. The victory was the first win for new Lawrence head coach Chris Krepline.

In the seven-inning opener, Lawrence's Mike Brady went 2-for-3, and Clayton Agler picked up a key pinch-hit, two-run double. Nick Guzzo tossed the final three innings to pick up the win. He allowed four hits and two runs while striking out one and walking one.

Lawrence had tied the game at 1-1 on Reno Zemrak's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, but Elmhurst struck for two runs in the top of the seventh to grab a 3-1 edge. 

Rudy Mueller-Schrader and Mike Brady opened the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles, and Spenser Ross then walked to load the bases. Agler then stepped in for his first collegiate at-bat and delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 3-3.

Ross advanced to third but was still there after a groundout, strikeout and walk. Ross then scored on a wild pitch to deliver the win for the Vikings.

In the second game, Elmhurst scored all six runs in the final four innings to get the victory.

Lawrence led 1-0 in the top of the fifth after Nolan Spencer was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch. The Bluejays grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fifth, but the Vikings scored in the top of the sixth after Jacob Charon walked and came home on a fly out.

Elmhurst then scored once in the sixth to take the lead and added a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. The Vikings had runners at second and third in the eighth and loaded the bases in the ninth but couldn't pull any closer.

Jacob Rosenberg went 2-for-3 for the Vikings. Brady allowed four runs over 2.2 innings and took the loss.