Vikings grab doubleheader split with Beloit

Lawrence baseball action Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell had four hits, including a homer, in the doubleheader against Beloit.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University baseball team battled to a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with Beloit College on Saturday at Whiting Field.

Lawrence won the nightcap 4-3 in 10 innings after Beloit won the opener 10-3.

Patrick McDonnell went 2-for-4 with a homer in the nightcap, and Ethan Jones belted a two-run homer. Spenser Ross also went 2-for-4 for the Vikings. Clayton Agler allowed no earned runs over the final three innings to pick up his first collegiate victory. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

Lawrence (4-18, 1-9 MWC) trailed 1-0 before McDonnell hit a homer to lead off the bottom of the fourth. After Agler singled, Jones smacked his first homer of the season to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead.

Beloit got a pinch-hit homer in the fifth and then tied the game at 3-3 with an unearned run in the top of the ninth.

Lawrence's Reno Zemrak started the bottom of the 10th with a single and went to second on a balk. Ross then picked up an infield single to put runners at the corners with one out. Rudy Mueller-Schrader then executed a suicide squeeze bunt, and Zemrak raced home with the game-winning run.

Zachary Miller worked two innings and took the loss.

Beloit (13-15, 4-6) rode a sterling pitching performance from Danny Belling in the opener. Belling went the distance, allowed three runs on six hits, struck out five and walked two.

James Wicker went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs, and Mitch Campbell also drove in three runs for the Bucs.

McDonnell and Ross both went 2-for-4 and McDonnell drove in two runs for the Vikings.

Beloit scored three times in the third and three more in the fourth to pull out to a 7-2 lead, and Lawrence couldn't close the margin after that.