Vikings drop game one heartbreaker, lose pair to St. Norbert

Andrew Lauber Lawrence baseball action
Andrew Lauber hit a grand slam for Lawrence against St. Norbert.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to St. Norbert College in the opener Saturday, and the Green Knights completed the Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep with a 20-7 win in the nightcap at Whiting Field.

Lawrence led 8-1 in the opener before St. Norbert rallied to tie it at 8-8, lost the lead and rallied again to win it.

Lawrence's Patrick McDonnell went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a double in the opener, drove in three runs and scored twice. Nick Pastrone went 2-for-3, hit his first career homer and scored a pair of runs for the Vikings (3-10, 0-2 MWC).

Brad Szymusiak worked three innings of relief to get the win, and Ben Kohl struck out the side in the ninth to get the win. Brad Olson took the loss in relief for the Vikings.

Lawrence built an 8-1 lead after scoring three times in the second and five times in the third. McDonnell blasted a two-run homer to get the Vikings on the board, and Jacob Charon tacked on another run and Lawrence led 3-0 after two.

The Vikings had the bases loaded in the third when an error on a failed pickoff scored Nolan Spencer. Spenser Ross followed with a two-run single, and the Vikings led 6-1. McDonnell delivered a run-scoring double, and Mike Brady followed with an RBI single and Lawrence led 8-1.

St. Norbert scored twice in the fourth, twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh to tie it at 8-8. Pastrone then blasted a homer in the bottom of the seventh to give Lawrence a 9-8 advantage.

Peyton Jack countered with a solo shot in the top of the eighth to tie it at 9-9, and Sean Ferraro's single scored Jack Maastricht with an unearned run in the top of the ninth to put St. Norbert (9-9, 4-1) up 10-9.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert broke the game open with six runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. Isaac Gerhardt went 3-for-5 to pace St. Norbert's 14-hit attack.

Mason Sefcik took a no-hitter into the fifth before Pastrone's line drive single broke it up. The Vikings then got a grand slam from Andrew Lauber in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 14-4. The Vikings tacked on three more runs in the seventh on McDonnell's three-run double but could pull no closer than 14-7.

Seven different Vikings had one hit apiece in the second game. Clayton Agler made the start and took the loss for Lawrence.