Lawrence drops pair to Maroons

Lawrence baseball action Spenser Ross
Spenser Ross collected five hits in the doubleheader with the University of Chicago.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Lawrence University baseball team saw a big rally come up just short in the opener Tuesday, and the University of Chicago went on to sweep a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Anderson Field.

Chicago won the first game 10-8 and took the nightcap 12-2 in seven innings.

In the opener, rookie Spenser Ross went 4-for-4 with a double and drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings. Nolan Spencer was 2-for-3 with a double, drove in a pair and scored a pair of runs, and rookie Clayton Agler was 2-for-5 and scored a run for Lawrence (3-14, 0-6 MWC).

The Vikings picked up single runs in the third and fifth but trailed 10-2 heading to the eighth inning. Lawrence trimmed the lead to 10-4 as Jacob Charon banged a run-scoring double and Spencer had an RBI single.

Lawrence rallied again in the ninth and started the inning with singles by Agler and Patrick McDonnell and a walk to Rudy Mueller-Schrader loaded the bases. After a strikeout, Reno Zemrak had a run-scoring single, and Spencer followed with an RBI ground ball to cut the margin to 10-6.

Ross followed with a double to score Zemrak and Mueller-Schrader to trim the lead to 10-8. David Clarke, the third Chicago pitcher of the inning, got a fly out with the tying run at the plate to end the threat.

The Maroons (13-4, 2-0) jumped on the Vikings early in game two. After Agler scored in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1, Chicago scored five times in the bottom half of the inning to take control. 

The Maroons added a run in the third, three more in the fifth and two more in the seventh to close out the game. Kyle Petri worked five innings to pick up the win.

The Vikings were limited to six hits, including doubles by Agler and McDonnell.