APPLETON, Wis. --The Lawrence University softball team jumped on Ripon College early in the nightcap on Wednesday to secure a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with the Red Hawks at Whiting Field.
Ripon held on to win the opener 5-4, and Lawrence rolled to an 8-3 victory in game two.
In the second game, Lawrence pitcher Emilia Jackson allowed just one earned run over seven innings to get the win. She struck out two and walked four. Jackson also went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs for the Vikings (12-12, 3-5 MWC).
Sofie Pedersen went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, drove in three runs and scored twice for Lawrence. Sam Belletini and Marisa Thackston both collected a pair of hits for the Vikings, and Belletini drove in two runs.
Lawrence scored three times in the first as Pedersen belted a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double. The Vikings pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second as Belletini stroked a two-run double.
Jackson helped herself with a run-scoring single in the third to put the Vikings up 6-0. Ripon cut the lead to 6-1 in the top of the fourth, but Jackson smacked a two-run double to give Lawrence an 8-1 edge.
Jessica Kobelt allowed six runs over two innings and took the loss.
In the opener, one swing made the difference for Ripon (7-15, 3-5). Melanie Kobelt hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the second inning to stake the Red Hawks to a 4-0 lead.
Lawrence battled back and tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the third. With two outs and two on, Madeline MacLean delivered a two-run single to cut the lead to 4-2. Pedersen followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4.
Ripon took the lead back in the top of the fourth when pitcher Lexi Reetz singled to start the inning and scored on Teara Morgenroth's double.
Lawrence threatened in the seventh when Amanda Karnatz led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Reetz got a strikeout and a ground out to end the game. Reetz allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out six and walking one.
Pedersen went 2-for-3 with pair of runs batted in to pace Lawrence. MacLean gave up eight hits and took the loss.