Jackson's pitching, Jonjak's homer lead Vikings to split with Cornell

Liz Jonjak, left, hit a two-run homer and Emilia Jackson tossed a complete game as the Vikings split a doubleheader with Cornell.
Liz Jonjak, left, hit a two-run homer and Emilia Jackson tossed a complete game as the Vikings split a doubleheader with Cornell.

JANESVILLE, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team got some late heroics and a standout pitching effort Saturday to rally for a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with Cornell College at the Youth Sports Complex.

Lawrence took the nightcap 5-3 in eight innings after Cornell won the opener 4-0.

In the second game, Maria Reiter went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for Lawrence (11-21, 5-11 MWC). Madeline MacLean and Ceara Larson both went 2-for-4, and MacLean drove in a pair of runs.

Emilia Jackson went the distance to pick up the victory for the Vikings. She allowed eight hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Lawrence trailed 3-1 heading to the seventh inning after the Rams (20-18, 8-8) had scored twice in the fifth. Kori Looker was hit by a pitch with one out, and Liz Jonjak followed with a two-run blast over the right field fence to tie the game. It was Jonjak's second home run this week.

That helped chase Cornell starter Kailey Kovas, but the Vikings got to reliever Katlyn Little in the eighth.

Reiter and Larson led off the eighth with back-to-back singles, and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. MacLean followed with a single to left to score Reiter and the Vikings led 4-3. Lexi Angemi's ground out scored Larson to push the lead to 5-3.

Jackson then worked a perfect ninth, striking out Little to end the game.

In the opener, Cornell starter Haley Harmon bent but didn't break in recording the shutout. Harmon allowed seven hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter as Lawrence stranded seven runners.

Cornell scored a run in the second inning and added three more in the third to push out to a four-run lead. Jana Froehle went 3-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run to pace the Rams.

Rachel Urich went 2-for-3 to lead the Vikings.