Vikings split doubleheader with Beloit

Amanda Karnatz collected four hits for the Vikings in the doubleheader with Beloit.
Amanda Karnatz collected four hits for the Vikings in the doubleheader with Beloit.

LOVES PARK, Ill. -- The Lawrence University softball team routed Beloit College in the opener Thursday, but the Bucs rallied to win the nightcap in extra innings at the Sportscore Two.

Lawrence won the first game 9-1 in five innings, and Beloit took the second game 3-1 in nine innings.

In the opener, Lawrence scored six times in the bottom of the fifth to end the game by the eight-run rule. 

Ceara Larson went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs for the Vikings, and Sofie Pedersen had a double and drove in two runs. Madeline MacLean went the distance, allowed four hits and no earned runs while striking out three and walking none.

Amanda Karnatz singled to start the bottom of the first for the Vikings and later came around to score on an error. Larson added a run-scoring single in the inning, and Lawrence led 2-0 after one. 

The Vikings added two more runs in the second on just one hit. After Pedersen walked and Rachel Urich singled, Karnatz reached on an outfield error and both runners scored to put the Vikings up 4-0.

Lawrence closed out the game in the fifth, and Pedersen delivered the big blow. A pair of walks, a fielder's choice and Lexi Angemi's single loaded the bases, and Larson followed with a two-run single to put the Vikings up 6-1. MacLean followed with a single to score Angemi, and Lawrence led 7-1.

Another walk loaded the bases, and Pedersen followed with a two-run double to put Lawrence up 9-1 and end the game.

Alyssa Boltik allowed four runs on three hits over three innings and took the loss.

In the second game, Lawrence scored in the bottom of the first when Karnatz singled, stole second and scored on Angemi's ground out. Beloit tied it in the fifth, and the score stayed that way until the ninth.

Lawence had multiple chances to tack on some runs as the Vikings collected 10 hits but stranded 10 runners. 

Beloit took the lead in the ninth when the Bucs loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk. Emily Malarski then delivered a ground-rule double to score a pair. The Vikings got a single in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but pitcher Alyssa Morris worked out of the jam.

Morris went the distance, allowing 10 hits while striking out one and walking two. The Vikings wasted a fine performance from Emilia Jackson, who also went the distance. She allowed seven hits, struck out 12 and walked three.

Karnatz went 3-for-5 to pace the Vikings, and Pedersen was 2-for-4.