Lawrence drops slugfest to Green Knights

Lawrence baseball action Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell had four hits, including a pair of homers, in the series finale at St. Norbert.

DE PERE, Wis. -- A big fourth inning proved to be the difference Monday as the Lawrence University baseball team dropped a 15-10 Midwest Conference slugfest to St. Norbert College at Van Alstine Field.

The game started on Sunday before being suspended in the third inning with Lawrence holding a 6-5 lead.

Patrick McDonnell went 4-for-4 with two homers, scored three runs and drove in three runs to pace the Vikings (3-12, 0-4 MWC). Rudy Mueller-Schrader went 2-for-4 and scored twice, and Spenser Ross was 2-for-5 and drove in a run.

Jack Maastricht went 4-for-6 and drove in five runs to pace St. Norbert (11-9, 6-1).

Lawrence grabbed the early lead when it plated five runs in the second on the strength of run-scoring singles from Ethan Jones and Ross and a pair of wild pitches that allowed runs to score. The Vikings added another run in the third when Nick Pastrone doubled and came in to score on a wild pitch for a 6-5 edge.

St. Norbert picked up two runs in the third for a 7-6 lead and then added five runs in the fourth to surge to a 12-7 advantage. 

Lawrence battled back with a run in the fifth when McDonnell belted a solo homer to close the margin to 12-8. The Green Knights pushed the lead to 15-8 before McDonnell smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to close out the scoring.

Ethan Jones took the loss in relief, and Sam Hunt worked the final two innings to get the win for St. Norbert.