Vikings roll past Becker in season opener

Lawrence's Lexi Angemi went 3-for-3 in the Vikings' 9-1 victory over Becker.
Lawrence's Lexi Angemi went 3-for-3 in the Vikings' 9-1 victory over Becker.

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lawrence University softball team used a seven-run third inning Friday to blow out Becker College 9-1 in the season opener.

The Vikings rode an 11-hit attack to go with the stellar pitching of junior Madeline MacLean in the Vikings' first game of their spring break trip. MacLean allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two.

Lexi Angemi went 3-for-3 with a triple, drove in three runs and scored two to pace the Vikings. Lead-off hitter Amanda Karnatz was 2-for-3 and scored two runs, and Rachel Urich was 2-for-2 for Lawrence.

Lawrence led 2-1 thanks to Angemi's run-scoring triple in the first when the Vikings broke the game open in the third inning.

After singles from Urich and Karnatz, Angemi delivered a two-run single for a 4-1 lead. MacLean then picked up a run-scoring double to put the Vikings up 5-1. Kori Looker followed with a single to score Ceara Larson, and MacLean later stole home for a 7-1 lead. Maria Reiter and Urich then picked up back-to-back run-scoring doubles for a 9-1 advantage.

MacLean didn't allow a hit over the final two innings as the Vikings closed the game out on the eight-run rule.