Vikings can't hold on in loss to St. Catherine's

Maria Reiter softball action Lawrence
Maria Reiter went 2-for-3 with a triple against the College of St. Catherine.

ROCHESTER, Minn.-- The Lawrence University softball team couldn't hold on Sunday in a 7-5 nonconference loss to the College of St. Catherine at the Rochester Dome.

Lawrence (1-2) led 4-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but the Wildcats (7-1) struck for four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to prevail.

Ceara Larson went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs for the Vikings. Maria Reiter was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run driven in for Lawrence. Lawrence rookie Mikayla Jeneske also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Emilia Jackson went the distance for the Vikings, and allowed 10 hits and only two earned runs while striking out one and walking none. Alyssa Montero got the win in relief for St. Catherine.

The Vikings jumped on St. Catherine's in the top of the first with three runs. After an Amanda Karnatz walk to start the game, Larson followed two batters later with a double, and Lawrence led 1-0. Reiter followed with a triple to score Larson, and Jeneske's ground out scored Reiter for a 3-0 lead.

Lawrence tacked on a run in the fifth when Karnatz doubled and later scored on Larson's single for a 4-1 lead. 

The Wildcats took the lead with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Lawrence tied it in the top of the sixth. The Vikings loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walks. Jackson scored on Karnatz's ground ball to tie the game at 5-5, but that was all the Vikings got as St. Catherine's got the next two outs at home to end the inning.

The Wildcats then scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead, but St. Catherine's worked around a Jeneske's single in the seventh to preserve the win.