Big inning propels Vikings to doubleheader split with Lake Forest

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Lawrence split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Lake Forest.

DE PERE, Wis. -- The Lawrence University softball team wrapped up its season Monday with a Midwest Conference doubleheader split with Lake Forest College at Miron Construction Field.

Lawrence rolled to an 11-1 win in five innings in the opener, and Lake Forest won the nightcap 10-1 in five innings. The games were moved to De Pere due to rain in Appleton.

In the first game, Ceara Larson led Lawrence's 11-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with a homer, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Madeline MacLean also went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs.

Lawrence's Amanda Karnatz was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI from her position at the top of the order, and Sofie Pedersen collected a double and drove in a pair.

Emilia Jackson went the distance for the Vikings (13-21, 9-9 MWC) and allowed one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one. Missy Dieckman-Meyer lasted just 2.1 innings and took the loss.

Lawrence trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the first, but the Vikings struck for three runs. MacLean delivered a run-scoring single with the bases loaded, and Jackson followed by drawing a walk to force in another run. Pedersen then grounded into a fielder's choice to score one more and the Vikings led 3-1.

The Vikings then sent 13 batters to the plate in the third and scored eight times to break the game wide open.

Larson got it started with a lead-off homer to over to dead center field for a 4-1 edge. A single and a walk were followed by Pedersen's RBI double for a 5-1 lead. 

The Vikings then did the bulk of their damage with two outs. Rachel Urich smacked a run-scoring single, and Karnatz followed with a two-run double for an 8-1 lead. After an error, Larson delivered an RBI single and MacLean stroked a two-run single to push the lead to 11-1.

In the second game, Lake Forest (21-15, 14-4) trailed 1-0 before scoring three times in the second and then put the game away with six runs in the fifth.

Maria Zepeda paced Lake Forest by going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Kyra Lenzi went the distance to pick up the win.