Wesleyan edges Vikings in extra innings

Lawrence dropped a 5-3 decision to Wesleyan (Conn.) in eight innings.
Lawrence dropped a 5-3 decision to Wesleyan (Conn.) in eight innings.

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Wesleyan (Conn.) University scored twice in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday and held on for a 5-3 nonconference win over Lawrence University.

Lawrence had tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Ceara Larson went 3-for-4 and drove in a run, and Madeline MacLean went 2-for-4 to pace the Vikings (3-5). 

Lawrence trailed 3-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, but the Vikings rallied. Rachel Urich and Amanda Karnatz started the seventh with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, Lexi Angemi's sacrifice fly scored Urich. Larson followed with a single to score Karnatz and tie the game at 3-3.

Using the international tiebreaker, Wesleyan (6-5) started the eighth with a runner at second. The Cardinals got a bunt single and then back-to-back run-scoring singles to grab a 5-3 lead. 

The Vikings started the bottom of the eighth with Liz Jonjak at second, and a wild pitch, walk to Kori Looker and stolen base put runners at second and third with no outs. Wesleyan pitcher Danielle Rinaldi, who had blown the save in the seventh, struck out the next two hitters and got a foul out to end the game.

Emilia Jackson went all eight innings for the Vikings and took the loss. Jackson allowed 15 hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.