Vikings split pair of extra-inning games with St. Norbert

Madeline MacLean went the distance to get the win in the opener and belted a solo homer for the Vikings.
Madeline MacLean went the distance to get the win in the opener and belted a solo homer for the Vikings.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team split a pair of extra-inning Midwest Conference games with St. Norbert College on Wednesday at Whiting Field.

Lawrence took the opener 3-2 in eight innings, and St. Norbert won the nightcap 3-2 in nine innings.

In the opener, the Vikings were a walk-off winner in the bottom of the eighth. With the game tied 2-2, Maria Reiter led off the inning with a double and scored two batters later on Lexi Angemi's single through the left side.

Madeline MacLean went the distance and picked up the win for the Vikings (9-19, 3-9 MWC). She allowed eight hits, struck out one and walked one. MacLean also provided offense when she blasted a solo homer to give the Vikings a 2-1 lead in the third inning. She finished 2-for-3 in the opener.

St. Norbert had tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh when Whitney Baumann led off the inning with a single and later scored on a ground out. Amanda Diedrich went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in a run for the Green Knights (9-17, 5-7).

In the nightcap, both teams had multiple quality scoring chances but it was a pair of unearned runs that proved to be the difference for St. Norbert. The Green Knights stranded 12 runners, and Lawrence left nine on base.

Angemi went 3-for-4 with a double, and Ceara Larson was 3-for-4 for Lawrence. Reiter was 2-for-5 with a double and drove in both of Lawrence's runs, and Amanda Karnatz was 2-for-5 and scored a run.

Lawrence trailed 1-0 in the fifth when Karnatz singled and went to second on an error. She came around to score on Reiter's single up the middle to tie the game.

The Green Knights grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh when Leigh Grall scored after a two-out throwing error as the Vikings were trying to complete a double play. Lawrence bounced back in the bottom half of the inning when Rachel Urich led off the frame with a single. Reiter belted a double to score Urich and tie the game at 2-2.

St. Norbert had a threat in the ninth with runners at second and third with two outs. Lawrence looked like it would escape the jam but Alyssa Sikora's fly ball was dropped and Brianna Braeger came home to score for a 3-2 lead.

The Vikings put the tying run in scoring position in the bottom half of the inning when Karnatz singled and stole second with two outs. McCoy Mix got a groundout to end the threat and pick up the win in relief.

The loss wasted another quality effort from Emilia Jackson, who went the distance for Lawrence. Jackson allowed 12 hits but only one earned run while striking out three and walking two.