Vikings earn doubleheader split with Chicago

Emilia Jackson Lawrence softball action
Emilia Jackson was the winning pitcher and had three hits in the opener in Lawrence's win over Chicago.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team grabbed a nonconference doubleheader split with the University of Chicago on Saturday at Whiting Field.

Lawrence won the opener 4-2 behind the pitching of Emilia Jackson, and Chicago won a wild 11-7 nine-inning game in the nightcap.

In the first game, Lawrence (10-15) got a complete-game performance from Jackson. She allowed eight hits, no earned runs, struck out two and didn't walk a batter to pick up the win. Jackson also went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Chicago (11-15) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the second, but the Vikings struck for four in the bottom half of the inning. A walk, hit batsman and bunt single loaded the bases before Emily Ueberfluss and Liz Jonjak followed with run-scoring singles to tie the game at 2-2.

The Maroons looked they were going to get out of the inning without further damage by recording a pair of force outs at the plate. Lexi Angemi then drew a bases-loaded walk and Ceara Larson was hit by a pitch to force in another run and Lawrence led 4-2.

Jackson allowed only two runners into scoring position the rest of the way and worked a perfect seventh to wrap up the victory.

In the nightcap, the teams combined for 31 hits as both squads rallied from deficits.

Larson went 3-for-4 and smashed a two-run homer to pace the Vikings. Maria Reiter was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs, and Amanda Karnatz, Angemi and Rachel Urich all had two hits for Lawrence.

Colleen Bennett went 3-for-5 with three doubles and drove in four runs for the Maroons.

Chicago led 4-1 before Lawrence rallied for three runs in the third. Angemi had a one-out single, and Larson followed with a homer to cut the lead to 4-3. A walk and an error allowed Reiter to score and tie the game at 4-4.

The Vikings tacked on two more runs in the fourth when Reiter smacked a two-run double to score Urich and Angemi for a 6-4 advantage. The Maroons tied it in the top of the fifth, but the Vikings took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning when Karnatz singled to score Jonjak for a 7-6 edge.

The Maroons rallied for a run in the seventh on Bennett's RBI double to force extra innings. Both teams missed on superb scoring chances in the eighth, and the Maroons piled up four hits in the ninth to score four times and take the lead for good.

Olivia Dunne picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief, and Jackson took the loss in relief.