LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Lawrence University softball team battled Midwest Conference leader Monmouth College hard on Saturday, but the Vikings lost a pair of games to the Scots.
Monmouth edged the Vikings 6-5 in the opener, and the Scots won the nightcap 5-1.
Emilia Jackson went the distance and took the loss for the Vikings. Jackson allowed 12 hits, struck out two and walked one. Cassidy Abbott worked five innings to get the win, and Jenna Pauley pitched the final two innings for the save.
Lawrence picked up a run in the first when Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 1-1. The Vikings then grabbed a 3-2 advantage with a pair of runs in the third. Lexi Angemi and MacLean both had run-scoring singles in the inning for Lawrence.
Monmouth (13-15, 10-2) rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. The Vikings got one back in the bottom of the inning when a hit batsman and a pair of errors allowed Amanda Karnatz to score and trim the lead to 5-4.
Monmouth added a big insurance run in the top of the seventh on Alison Trettin's homer, but the Vikings rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Reiter led off with a single, and Jackson drew a one-out walk. McLean singled to score Reiter and trim the lead to 5-4, but Monmouth got a force out at home and a ground out to end the threat.
In the second game, Monmouth scored three runs in the final three innings to pull away.
The Vikings got a run-scoring single from Ceara Larson to tie the game at 1-1 in the first, and Monmouth took the lead with a run in the third. The Scots added two more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to finish the scoring.
Lawrence outhit the Scots 9-8 and MacLean led the way by going 3-for-3 with a double. Karnatz was 3-for-4 and scored the run for the Vikings.
Hailey Rennick went the distance to pick up the win, and Angemi took the loss as she worked four innings of relief.