Lakeland sweeps doubleheader from Vikings

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The Lakeland College baseball team swept a nonconference doubleheader from Lawrence University on Tuesday at Muskie Field.

Lakeland rallied for two runs in the final inning to win the opener 10-9 and then took the nightcap 17-3.

In the first game, Lawrence built a 9-5 lead before Lakeland rallied. The Muskies trailed 9-8 headed to the seventh but a pair of walks were followed by Jared Rear’s two-run double to win it. Rear went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs for Lakeland (13-22).

Zach Rabideau went 4-for-5 with a double and drove in three runs for Lawrence (10-22), which out-hit the Muskies 14-11. Nolan Spencer, Dan Rothbauer and Dante Reese all had two hits for the Vikings, and Spencer drove in a pair of runs.

The Vikings, playing games six and seven in the past four days, used three position players, Cole Erickson, Brandon Klar and Carl Olsen, on the mound. Luke Kelly worked a scoreless final inning to get the win for Lakeland.

In the second game, Jack Shevalier allowed 10 hits over six innings but allowed only three runs to pick up the win.

The Muskies scored five times in the second, third and fourth innings to pull away. Rear homered and drove in two runs, and Connor Hilburn hit a solo shot and drove in three runs.

Lawrence piled up 11 hits in the nightcap as Erickson and Travis Weber had two hits apiece and Olsen drove in a pair.

Adam McDonald started the took the loss for Lawrence, and position players Josh Koepplinger and Anthony Ortiz also saw action the mound.

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Big inning leads Green Knights past Lawrence

APPLETON, Wis. — A seven-run fourth inning was the difference as the St. Norbert College baseball team topped Lawrence University 11-6 in a Midwest Conference game at Whiting Field.

This was the second game of a doubleheader that was rained out back on April 24.

The Green Knights (17-12, 10-6 MWC) scored the seven runs on just four hits as Lawrence pitchers hit three batters and walked another in the frame.

Derek Klegin and Tyler Banovich had two hits apiece for St. Norbert, and Sean Grant drove in three runs.

Zach Rabideau went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and Brandon Klar, Anthony Ortiz and Carl Olsen had two hits apiece for Lawrence (10-20, 4-8), which out-hit the Green Knights 13-8.

Eric Feldner allowed one run in 1.1 innings of relief to pick up the win. Craig Batchelor made the start and allowed eight runs to take the loss.

St. Norbert led 8-0 after four innings, but Lawrence cut the lead in half with four in the bottom of the fifth. The Vikings got some help with a walk, hit batsman and error in the inning, but Cole Erickson ripped a run-scoring double, Olson picked up an RBI ground out and Dan Rothbauer added a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 8-4.

St. Norbert came right back to score three in the top of the sixth to push the lead back to 11-4. Lawrence got a run in the sixth when Rabideau doubled and later scored on a balk and added another run in the eighth when Ortiz doubled and scored on Olsen’s double.

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Vikings split doubleheader with Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. — The Lawrence University baseball team took the opener Sunday and split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Beloit College at the Ballpark at Strong Stadium.

Lawrence won the first game 5-4, and the Bucs took the nightcap 14-4.

In the first game, the Vikings (10-19, 4-7 MWC) escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win.

Cole Erickson went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs to lead the Lawrence attack, and Carl Olsen also went 2-for-4.

The Vikings built a 5-0 lead after three innings after picking up a pair of unearned runs in the second and three more runs in the third. Erickson had a run-scoring single in the second and smacked a two-run double in the third.

The Bucs (22-10, 8-4) chipped away at the lead with single runs in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth. Beloit then loaded the bases in the ninth on a single, an error and a walk against reliever Craig Batchelor, but he got a pair of popups on the infield and a flyout for his first career save.

Kyle Duex went eight innings, allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked one to get the win for Lawrence. Beloit starter Austin Padgen went seven innings and took the loss.

In the second game, Brice Call went 4-for-5, scored four runs and drove in three to lead Beloit. The Bucs built a 6-0 lead after two innings and finally sealed the win with four runs in the eighth.

Zach Rabideau went 2-for-4 in the nightcap to pace Lawrence.

Dan Rothbauer started, allowed five hits and six runs and took the loss. Jamie Huntley tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

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Francour wins MWC Coach of the Year honor

Steve Francour
Steve Francour

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence’s University Steve Francour was named Midwest Conference men’s tennis Coach of the Year in a vote by league coaches at the league championships on Sunday.

In his third season at Lawrence, Francour coached the Vikings to a fourth-place finish in the league. The Vikings earned their first berth in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament since the 2013 season.

The Vikings, who finished the season with a 12-10 record, have seen a big turnaround since Francour’s first season. In 2014, Lawrence won just four matches.

Jumes, DeCorte lose battle in title match at No. 1 doubles

MADISON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s No. 1 doubles team lost a tough battle in the title match on Sunday at the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Grinnell College’s Tommy Pitcher and Jose Coloma downed David Jumes and Brian DeCorte 8-6, which was the same score when the teams met a week ago.

Jumes and DeCorte reached the title match with an 8-4 win over St. Norbert College in the quarterfinals and a 9-7 win over Lake Forest College in the semifinals.

Lawrence’s No. 3 doubles team of Adam Busch and Izaya Turenne posted an 8-3 win over Carroll University in the quarterfinals before falling 8-1 to the eventual champions from Grinnell in the semifinals.

At No. 2 doubles, the team of David Brooker and Bill Schuman-Kline lost 8-4 in the championship quarterfinals but came back to post an 8-4 win over Monmouth College’s Landon Walker and Saxon Day to take the consolation title.


Lawrence picks up split with Lady Blues

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Lawrence University softball team scored in every inning but the first on Sunday to take the nightcap and split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Illinois College.

Illinois College won the opener 8-0 in five innings, and Lawrence took the second game 6-3 in games played at Carthage College due to rain in southern Illinois. The split clinched a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament for Illinois College (21-15, 13-7 MWC) and eliminated the Vikings (18-14-1, 11-8) from tourney contention.

In the nightcap, Lawrence starter Jessica Demski held the Lady Blues scoreless on five hits over six innings to get the win. Maddie MacLean got the final two outs for her third save of the season and went 2-for-3 and drove in a run.

After the opening inning, Lawrence scored a single run in every frame. MacLean had a run-scoring single in the second to put Lawrence on top, and the Vikings sandwiched unearned runs in the third and fifth around Demski’s squeeze bunt in the fourth that scored Kori Looker.

The Vikings made it 5-0 on Tierney Duffy’s RBI single in the sixth, and Anna Wawiorka stole home as part of a double steal for a 6-0 lead in the seventh.

The Lady Blues collected four hits off Demski in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-2. MacLean came in with one out and gave up a sacrifice fly before recording a ground out to pick up the save.

In the opener, Amanda Price allowed only two hits over five innings to record the shutout for Illinois College. MacLean allowed nine hits and eight runs to take the loss.

Illinois College led 3-0 before scoring five times in the third to pull away.

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DeCorte paces Vikings during singles competition at MWC Championships

MADISON, Wis. — Brian DeCorte reached the semifinals at No. 2 Saturday and three Lawrence University men’s tennis players took consolation titles to pace the Vikings during the singles competition at the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

DeCorte fell to Grinnell College’s Cole Miller 6-3, 7-5 in the championship semifinals. DeCorte won a three-set battle with Monmouth College’s Landon Walker, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Lawrence’s David Jumes lost in the championship quarterfinals at No. 1 but bounced back to win two matches in the consolation flight. He beat Illinois College’s Miguel Vaca 8-3 for the consolation championship.

Bill Schuman-Kline lost in the championship quarterfinals at No. 3 but also won a pair of matches to take the consolation title. He routed St. Norbert College’s Kyle Battle 8-0 in the consolation championship.

At No. 5, Adam Busch lost a tight 6-4, 6-4 decision in the championship quarterfinals but came back to take the consolation title. Busch topped Carroll University’s 8-2 in the consolation final.

At No. 4, Mitch Kasprzyk won his opening round match 6-0, 6-3 over Illinois College’s T.J. Lawal before falling to Lake Forest College’s Dragan Trivanovic 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Ethan Perushek lost a close 7-6, 7-5 battle in the championship quarterfinals and reached the consolation final before falling to Carroll’s Joe Bove 8-2.

The doubles competition is set for Sunday.

Atkins wins steeplechase to pace Vikings at St. Norbert Invitational

DE PERE, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Jordan Atkins won the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday to pace the Vikings at the St. Norbert College Invitational at Schneider Stadium.

Atkins won the steeplechase title with a time of 10:24.40 to easily top second-place finisher Daniel Sikora of UW-Stevens Point, who was the runner-up in 10:38.82. Lawrence’s Teddy Kortenof was fourth in 10:43.55 and Alec Timpe was fifth in 10:47.34.

The Lawrence men finished sixth in the team standings with 62 points. UW-Stevens Point won the title with 202. The Lawrence women were fifth with 33 points, and St. Norbert won the title with 202.5.

Max Stahl grabbed second for Lawrence in the javelin with a toss of 46.59 meters. Mayan Essak raced to third in the 800 in 2:03.80. Dan Sandacz grabbed third in the 400 hurdles in 59.14 seconds and placed fifth in the 110 hurdles in 16.26 seconds. The men’s 4×400 relay was third in 3:33.20.

The women’s 4×400 relay team took second in 4:25.74 as Concordia (Wis.) grabbed first in 4:14.73. Isy Schleisner was the top individual finisher on the women’s side as she took third in the 800 meters in 2:37.08.



Schuster earns all-conference honors at MWC Championships

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Lawrence University’s Nigel Schuster earned all-conference honors Saturday for the second consecutive season to lead the Vikings at the Midwest Conference Championships at Aldeen Golf Club.

Schuster carded an 84 in Saturday’s final round on the par-72 layout to finish in eighth place with a 54-hole total of 240. The top 10 finishers constitute the all-conference team. Schuster, who finished third last season, fired a 75 in the first round and 81 in round two.

Henry Mulvey of Carroll University won the title at 225 after shooting 85 in the final round.

Lawrence shot a team score of 339 on Saturday and finished in seventh place at 1,026. Carroll won the team title at 921.

Nathan Ley finished 32nd for the Vikings with a score of 257. Ryan Clark was 35th at 261, Austin Frank was 42nd at 269 and Ryan Eardley was 45th at 283 to round out the scoring for Lawrence.


Holliday powers Vikings to split with Beloit

APPLETON, Wis. — Matt Holliday blasted a three-run homer Saturday and picked up the victory on the mound for the Lawrence University baseball team as the Vikings split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Beloit College at Whiting Field.

Lawrence took the nightcap 11-3 after Beloit won the opener 8-0.

In the second game, Holliday went 4-for-4, drove in four runs and scored a pair of runs. He also allowed four hits over 6.1 innings to pick up the win. Holliday left the game in the seventh after getting hit by a batted ball.

Andrew Lauber went 3-for-4, and Nolan Spencer scored three times for the Vikings (9-18, 3-6 MWC).

Luke Brennan couldn’t get out of the third inning, allowing five runs on hits, and took the loss for Beloit (21-9, 7-3), which leads the MWC North Division.

Lawrence grabbed a 3-1 lead in the first as Anthony Ortiz picked up a run-scoring double and Travis Weber and Dan Rothbauer both had RBI singles.

The Vikings added another run in the second and then broke the game open with five runs in the third. A walk, hit batsman and an error set the stage, and Brandon Klar smacked a two-run double to put the Vikings up 6-1. Holliday then belted a three-run homer to give the Vikings a 9-1 edge.

The Vikings added single runs in the fifth and eighth, and Zach Rabideau allowed one run over the final 2.2 innings to lock down the win for the Vikings.

In the first game, Ryan Kaveney allowed three hits over eight innings to earn the win for Beloit. He struck out six and walked three.

Chris Shaw allowed only five hits over seven innings for the Vikings, but Beloit used three walks and four errors to score eight times.

Brice Call went 2-for-5 to pace the Bucs, who scored three times in the third and added three more in the eighth to pull away.

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