APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team got a pair of great pitching performances and blasted three home runs Thursday en route to a Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Ripon College at Whiting Field.
Lawrence's Ceara Larson went 2-for-3 in the opener as she hit a solo homer and a two-run shot on her way to three runs batted in and two runs scored. Liz Jonjak went 3-for-3 for the Vikings (9-15, 6-4 MWC) in the first game.
Jackson allowed six hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter as she recorded her second shutout of the season.
Larson staked Lawrence to a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first, and the Vikings stretched the lead with four runs in the third. Jonjak started the inning with a single and consecutive errors on a pair of sacrifice bunts allowed Jonjak to score. Sofie Pedersen's ground out brought Rachel Urich home to move the lead to 3-0. Larson followed with a two-run blast and the Vikings led 5-0.
Jackson allowed just three hits over the final four innings to nail down the shutout. Lexi Reetz went the distance and took the loss for Ripon (7-23, 2-10).
In the second game, Lawrence broke the game open with a five-run third inning and then closed it out with runs in the fifth. Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double, drove in two runs and scored twice, and Amanda Karnatz was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Lawrence tied the game at 1-1 on Jonjak's RBI single in the second, and Urich started the big rally in the third with a double. After Karnatz singled, Pedersen belted a three-run homer to give Lawrence a 4-1 edge. It was the first homer of the season for Pedersen and the second of her career.
Larson followed with a double, and Jackson delivered a two-out double to score Larson. The throw in from left field got past the pitcher and went into the Lawrence dugout. That allowed Jackson to score and Lawrence led 6-1.
The Vikings won it on the eight-run rule in the fifth as Jackson had a run-scoring single to push the lead to 7-1. The Vikings then executed a double steal as Maria Reiter came in to score. Jackson went on to steal third and then scored on a wild pitch for the final margin.
MacLean allowed only a second-inning double and an infield single in the third. She struck out one and walked four to pick up her second win of the season. Reetz worked two-plus innings and took the loss.