BELOIT, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team powered a Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Beloit College on Sunday at the Strong Stadium Complex.
After winning a tight 5-4 decision in the opener, Lawrence rolled to a 21-3 victory in the nightcap.
In the first game, Ceara Larson went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double to pace the Vikings (5-11, 2-0 MWC), and Sofie Pedersen drove in a pair of runs. Emilia Jackson went the distance to earn the victory. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Lawrence led 1-0 and increased that lead to 3-0 in the second on Pedersen's two-run single. The Bucs (6-18, 0-4) cut the lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth, but Lawrence got one of those back on Larson's solo blast in the fifth.
Beloit tied it with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Lawrence grabbed the lead back in the top of the seventh. The Vikings loaded the bases as Amanda Karnatz walked, Larson singled and Maria Reiter walked. Lexi Angemi then drew a bases-loaded walk to score Karnatz and give the Vikings a 5-4 edge.
Jackson worked a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning to close out the win.
In the nightcap, the Vikings exploded for 16 runs in the fourth inning to bust the game wide open and pounded out 18 hits in the five-inning victory.
Larson went 5-for-5 with two homers, including a grand slam, and two doubles, drove in six runs and scored three times. Jackson went 2-for-2, drove in three runs and scored twice, and Emily Ueberfluss went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Madeline MacLean pitched the first four innings to pick up the victory. MacLean also went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs.
Lawrence led 4-0 after the first inning as Jackson delivered a two-run single, MacLean added a run-scoring single and Angemi picked up a bases-loaded walk.
The Vikings then sent 19 batters to the plate in the 16-run third inning. Jackson, MacLean and Ueberfluss all collected RBI singles to start the scoring before a fielder's choice and an error tacked on two more runs.
Larson then smacked a run-scoring double, and that was followed by run-scoring singles from Reiter and Rachel Urich to push the lead to 13-0. Ueberfluss had a run-scoring single, sandwiched around a pair of errors, and the lead was 16-0. Larson then capped the inning in style with a grand slam for a 20-0 lead.
Beloit collected three runs in the fourth before Larson's solo blast in the fifth completed the scoring.