Vikings open season with doubleheader split against Hamline

Lawrence baseball action Spenser Ross
Spenser Ross scored a pair of runs in Lawrence's 4-3 victory over Hamline.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Lawrence University baseball played into the wee hours Sunday morning to secure a nonconference doubleheader split with Hamline University at US Bank Stadium.

The doubleheader started at 10 p.m. Saturday with Hamline taking the opener 10-2, but the Vikings took the nightcap 4-3 in a game that ended just before 2 a.m.

In the second game, Lawrence (1-1) got a complete-game performance from rookie pitcher Matt Plucinski. He allowed six hits, struck out one and walked one.

The Vikings were limited to just four hits but scored twice in the sixth inning to take the lead after scratching out solo runs in the second and third.

Lawrence manufactured a run in the second when Rudy Mueller-Schrader reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball to trim the Vikings' deficit to 2-1. Lawrence tied it in the third when Spenser Ross reached on an error, stole third and scored on Clayton Agler's ground ball to make the score 2-2.

Hamline got a run in the bottom of the third, but the Vikings grabbed the lead for good in the sixth. Ross started the inning with a single and stole second. Agler followed with a double to score Ross and tie the game at 3-3 . After a sacrifice moved Agler to third, the Vikings got a two-out infield single from Mike Brady to score Agler for a 4-3 advantage.

Plucinski worked around a hit batsman in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh to close out the victory.

In the opener, Hamline scored six times in the top of the first to take control. Brad Olson made the start for the Vikings but couldn't get out of the first and took the loss.

Lawrence collected eight hits and scored single runs in the first and fifth. Ross, Mueller-Schrader and Jacob Charon had two hits apiece for Lawrence.

Mac Enlow went four innings to get the win for the Pipers (3-6).