Vikings sweep pair from Rockford

Vikings sweep pair from Rockford

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team powered to a win in the opener and got some clutch play in the nightcap Wednesday to record a nonconference doubleheader sweep from Rockford University at Whiting Field.

Lawrence took the first game 11-7 and won the second game 4-2 in the home opener.

In the opener, Amanda Karnatz and Sofie Pedersen both went 3-for-4 to pace Lawrence (7-7), which piled up 14 hits. Rheya Upadhyaya was 2-for-5, scored three runs and drove in a pair for Lawrence.

Madeline MacLean went the distance to get the win, and went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs for the Vikings. MacLean allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked three.

Lawrence jumped on Rockford by sprinting out to a 5-0 lead after two innings as MacLean had a two-run double in the first and MacLean and Upadhyaya both had run-scoring singles in the second.

Rockford scored six runs in the next two innings, but the Vikings answered with four of their own, including one in the fourth on Kori Looker's solo homer for a 9-6 edge. Lawrence sealed the win with two more runs in the fifth, including one on Pedersen's RBI double.

Stefaney Kenworthy went the distance and took the loss. She struck out one and walked one.

In the nightcap, rookie Emilia Jackson went the distance and escaped a pair of late jams to secure the victory. Jackson gave up five hits, struck out four and walked four.

Karnatz gave Lawrence a 1-0 lead in the first when she singled, stole two bases and scored on an error. Karnatz finished with four steals on the afternoon.

Rockford tied it with a run in the top of the second, but Lawrence took the lead back in the bottom of the third. Upadhyaya walked to start the inning and later scored on MacLean's fielder's choice for a 2-1 edge.

Lawrence got some breathing room in the fourth when Pedersen singled and Marisa Thackston reached on a bunt, and both runners came around to score on Karnatz's double. Karnatz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the nightcap, and Sam Belletini was 2-for-3.

Rockford (3-11) cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the fifth, but Jackson worked out of a big jam in the sixth. The Regents had runners at second and third with one out, but Jackson got a pop up and a fly out to end the inning. Rockford brought the tying run to the plate twice in the seventh, but Jackson got a pair of ground ball outs to end the game.