Vikings claim doubleheader split with St. Norbert

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Maria Reiter went 3-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader with St. Norbert.

DE PERE, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team used a big inning in the opener Monday to post a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with St. Norbert College at the Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

Lawrence won the first game 6-3, and the Green Knights rallied for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.

In the first game, Amanda Karnatz went 4-for-5, scored a run and drove in a run for the Vikings (11-17, 7-5 MWC). Lawrence's Ceara Larson went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs, and Rachel Urich went 3-for-4 and drove in a run.

Emilia Jackson went the distance and allowed single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. She struck out three and walked one to get the victory. Emma Molenhouse allowed nine hits and six runs in 2.2 innings and took the loss for St. Norbert (18-14, 11-5).

Lawrence broke a scoreless tie when Larson doubled to score Karnatz in the top of the third. Maria Reiter followed with a double to score Larson and Lawrence led 2-0.

Jackson then picked up a single to score Reiter, and Liz Jonjak later followed with a single to score Jackson for a 4-0 advantage. Urich followed with a single to score Lexi Angemi, and Karnatz capped the rallly with another RBI single and Lawrence led 6-0.

After cutting the lead to 6-3 in the sixth, Jackson worked a scoreless seventh to seal the victory.

In the second game, Reiter went 3-for-3, and Sofie Pedersen went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead the Vikings. 

The Vikings jumped on St. Norbert starter Ellie Olsen in the first and she only managed to get two outs before being replaced. Lawrence had the bases loaded in the first when Madeline MacLean's fielder's choice scored the first run. Pedersen then smacked a two-run single to score MacLean and Larson and Lawrence led 3-0.

The Vikings tacked on another run in the third on Pedersen's RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

St. Norbert trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the fourth, and the Green Knights added three unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead.

Alexis Tingley allowed one run over 6.1 innings to pick up the win, and MacLean made the start and took the loss.