Vikings pull away late to top Farmington

Lawrence baseball action Andrew Lauber
Andrew Lauber matched the Lawrence game record with five hits in the Vikings' 21-14 win over Maine-Farmington.

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The Lawrence University baseball team scored 10 runs in the final three innings Thursday en route to a 21-14 nonconference victory over Maine-Farmington at Lake Myrtle Park.

The game was tied at 11-11 before Lawrence broke it open in the seventh and went on to the victory. The Vikings pounded out 18 hits, including six extra-base hits.

Andrew Lauber went 5-for-7, tying the Lawrence record for hits in a game, with two doubles, five runs scored and two runs batted in. Rudy Mueller-Schrader went 4-for-6 with a double and a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs for Lawrence.

Nick Pastrone went 3-for-4 with a triple, scored three runs and collected three RBI, and Reno Zemrak went 2-for-5 with a double, scored twice and drove in three runs. Spenser Ross also had two hits, and Clayton Agler drove in two runs for the Vikings.

Lawrence grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first as Pastrone smacked a two-run triple, and the Vikings added two more in the second as Mueller-Schrader collected a run-scoring triple. The Vikings were up 5-2 when they scored four times in the fourth as Pastrone added a run-scoring single.

Lawrence increased its lead to 11-5 after Zemrak's two-run single in the sixth, but Farmington scored six times in the bottom half of the inning to tie it at 11-11.

Lawrence grabbed the lead for good with five runs in the seventh. Lauber got it started when he scored on Mueller-Schrader's double and Lawrence also got a run-scoring single from Ross for a 16-11 lead. The Vikings added two more runs in the eighth as Agler delivered a two-run single for an 18-11 edge.

Lauber belted a two-run double as part of a three-run ninth as Lawrence pushed its lead to 21-11. Farmington added three runs in the ninth before Jacob Charon ended the threat.

Tony Caputa worked one inning of relief to pick up the victory, and Charon worked the final three innings to get the save. Troy Johnson worked 1.1 innings of relief, allowing five runs on four hits, and took the loss.