Vikings knock off UWRF in season opener

Liz Jonjak softball action
Liz Jonjak (10) went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs in the win over UW-River Falls.

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The Lawrence University softball team scored in six of the seven innings Saturday as the Vikings downed UW-River Falls 8-4 in a nonconference game at the Rochester Dome.

The Vikings scored in every inning but the fourth in their season opener. Emilia Jackson went the distance to pick up the victory. She allowed 10 hits, struck out four and walked one.

Liz Jonjak, Amanda Karnatz, Mikayla Jeneske and Lexi Angemi had two hits apiece for the Vikings. Karnatz and Jonjak did some damage at the top of the order. The lead-off hitter, Karnatz scored three runs and Jonjak, batting second, drove in three runs. 

Jeneske had two doubles, scored two runs and drove in a run, and Angemi scored once and drove in a pair of runs.

After both teams scored once in the first, Lawrence took the lead with a pair of runs in the second with two out. After Angemi reached on an error and Karnatz doubled, Jonjak followed with a single to score both, and Lawrence led 3-1.

The Vikings tacked on a run in the third when Jeneske doubled and scored on Angemi's ground out for a 4-1 edge. The Falcons scored twice in the bottom half of the inning, but Lawrence struck for two runs in the top of the fifth. The Vikings had Ceara Larson and Maria Reiter aboard when they got run-scoring singles from Jackson and Angemi for a 6-3 lead.

River Falls (0-3) tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Vikings added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Karnatz singled and scored on Jonjak's single. Jeneske doubled to start the seventh and later came in to score on an error for the final margin.

Tayler Fall pitched the final five innings for the Falcons and took the loss.