APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team delivered career victory No. 500 for head coach Kim Tatro on Thursday as the Vikings split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Knox College at Whiting Field.
The Vikings won the nightcap 13-5 in six innings after Knox took the opener 5-2.
Tatro, in her 25th season coaching the Vikings, now has 409 softball victories to go with 91 volleyball wins. Tatro, who has more wins than any coach in Lawrence history, coached the Lawrence volleyball team for eight seasons from 1993-2000.
Ceara Larson paced the Vikings' 15-hit attack in the nightcap by going 4-for-5 with two triples, a double, two runs scored an a run batted in. Larson finished a homer short of the cycle. Madeline MacLean went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Vikings (10-20, 4-10 MWC). Sofie Pedersen and Rachel Urich both had two hits with Pedersen scoring three runs and Urich scoring twice.
Lawrence rookie infielder Liz Jonjak got the offense going by blasting her first career homer, a two-run shot in the second inning, to cut Knox's lead to 4-2.
The Vikings then grabbed the lead with five runs in the third. Lawrence loaded the bases on singles by Larson and MacLean and a walk to Lexi Angemi. Kori Looker followed with a two-run single to trim the lead to 5-4. Pedersen greeted reliever Tegan Doherty with a hit to score Angemi and tie the game at 5-5. Urich then executed a perfect squeeze to drive in Looker and give the Vikings a 6-5 lead. Pedersen then scored on Amanda Karnatz's ground out to put the Vikings up 7-5.
The Vikings tacked on a run in the fourth after Larson tripled and scored on MacLean's single. The Vikings added two more runs in the fifth on MacLean's two-run single for a 10-5 lead.
Lawrence closed the game out on the eight-run rule with three more runs in the sixth. Karnatz drove in one run with a ground out, and Maria Reiter added a run-scoring single for a 12-5 lead. Larson then smacked another triple to score Reiter and seal the win.
Emilia Jackson went the distance to pick up the win. She allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Kristen Koviekis gave up six runs in two innings and took the loss.
In the opener, Doherty went the distance and limited the Vikings to just five hits. She struck out four and walked two. MacLean allowed just two earned runs over 6.1 innings and took the loss.
Valerie Froeming homered and drove in three runs to pace Knox (7-23, 2-12).
The Vikings trailed 2-0 before scratching out a run in the fifth on Jonjak's RBI single. Knox got that run back on Froeming's homer in the sixth, but the Vikings rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Reiter was hit by a pitch to start the inning and later scored on an error by the Knox catcher to trim the lead to 3-2.
The Prairie Fire put the game away with two unearned runs in the top of the seventh.