Vikings pull away to down Clarkson

Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz went 4-for-5 in the Vikings' 7-4 win over Clarkson.
Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz went 4-for-5 in the Vikings' 7-4 win over Clarkson.

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lawrence University softball team scored the game's final three runs on Wednesday to down Clarkson University 7-4 in a nonconference game.

The game was tied 4-4 heading after five innings, but the Vikings scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to secure the victory.

Amanda Karnatz went 4-for-5 with two doubles, drove in three runs and scored a run to pace Lawrence (3-4). Lawrence's Lexi Angemi went 2-for-4 with two doubles and drove in two runs, and Ceara Larson and Maria Reiter had two hits apiece.

Madeline MacLean went the distance to pick up the win for Lawrence. She allowed 11 hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter.

Karnatz led off the sixth with a double and then scored on Angemi's double to give the Vikings a 5-4 advantage. Pinch-runner Lindsey Lucas went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an error to put the Vikings up 6-4.

After MacLean set the Golden Knights down in order in the bottom of the sixth, the Vikings added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Reiter led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a bunt and scored on Karnatz's RBI single for a 7-4 edge. 

MacLean worked around a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win. 

Lawrence trailed 2-1 heading to the fourth when Karnatz delivered a two-run double to put the Vikings back on top. The Vikings added a run in the top of the fifth to go up 4-2 before Clarkson (2-10-1) scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to tie it.