The Highlights

Vikings win top three singles matches but come up short against Cornell

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — The Cornell College men’s tennis team topped Lawrence University 6-3 in a nonconference match on Friday.

Lawrence picked up all three of its wins in singles as the Vikings swept the top three flights. Brian DeCorte was a 6-1, 6-4 winner at No. 1. Freshman David Jumes split the first two sets, 7-5, 4-6 at No. 2 and then took the match by winning the super tiebreaker 10-5. Lawrence’s Jeremy Andereck also split the first two sets at No. 3 by the scores of 6-7, 6-0 before winning the super tiebreaker 10-7.

Cornell College 6, Lawrence University 3

Singles competition
1. Brian DeCorte (LU) def. Joseph Gelfand (CC) 6-1, 6-4
2. David Jumes (LU) def. Thomas Weiss (CC) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
3. Jeremy Andereck (LU) def. Ben Williamson (CC) 6-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Joseph Reyes (CC) def. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Hiro Harada (CC) def. Adam Busch (LU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Nolan Schillerstrom (CC) def. Ethan Perushek (LU) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Joseph Gelfand/Thomas Weiss (CC) def. Brian DeCorte/Jeremy Andereck (LU) 8-5
2. Ben Williamson/Joseph Reyes (CC) def. David Jumes/Adam Busch (LU) 8-6
3. Nolan Schillerstrom/Hiro Harada (CC) def. Blake Roubos/Sam Wiener (LU) 8-3

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 4-13
Cornell College 10-12

Vikings track down trio of titles at St. Norbert Twilight Invitational

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

DE PERE, Wis. — The Lawrence University track and field team took home three individual titles on Thursday at the St. Norbert College Twilight Invitational at Schneider Stadium.

Anna Bolgrien led the Lawrence women with a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:08.57. Led by Bolgrien, Lawrence finished third in the team standings with 89 points.

Sofie Yang grabbed a pair of top-three finishes as she took second in the pole vault (10 feet) and was third in the 100 hurldes in 17.27 seconds. Kate Kilgus was the runner-up in the 1,500 with a time of 5:05.89, and Kristen Bischel grabbed third in the 5,000 in 19:06.31.

The women’s 400 relay team also took third in 50.17 seconds.

Jamie Brisbois and James Holden both took home titles for the Lawrence men, who finished fourth with 56.33 points.

Brisbois raced to victory in the 5,000 in 15:42.15, and Holden won the javelin with a throw of 147-05. JP Ranumas posted a pair of top-four finishes as he took second in the 110 hurdles (15.93 seconds) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:01.53).


Vikings sweep doubleheader from Ripon

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University softball team swept a Midwest Conference doubleheader from Ripon College on Wednesday at Whiting Field.

Lawrence won the opener 4-2 and rallied to take the nightcap 5-3.

In the first game, Lawrence’s Anna Wawiorka went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Wawiorka fell a single short of the cycle as she collected a home run, a triple and a double. Cory Paquette went 2-for-2 and drove in a run for Lawrence (14-8, 5-3 MWC).

Kara Vance went the distance to pick up the win. She allowed seven hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Ripon (7-20, 4-7) scored in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead, but Lawrence tied it in the bottom half of the inning when Wawiorka tripled to score Tierney Duffy.

The Vikings grabbed the lead with a run in the second when Paquette doubled to score Alex Chiodo for a 2-1 edge. Lawrence made it 3-1 in the third when Wawiorka doubled and scored on Sam Belletini’s single.

Lawrence made it 4-1 in the fifth when Wawiorka led off the inning with a homer. Ripon cut the lead to 4-2 with a run in the sixth, but avoided further damage when Savanna Marsicek threw out Cassie Bilotto trying to stretch a single into a double.

In the nightcap, Lawrence rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to complete the sweep.

Amanda Jaskolski went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings. Chiodo also went 2-for-3 for Lawrence.

Liz Barthels worked six innings, allowing six hits, to pick up the win. Vance worked a 1-2-3 seventh to pick up her first save of the season.

Lawrence led 2-1 before Ripon scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth. The Vikings came right to retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

Duffy started the rally with an infield single off Ashley Gnacinski, who pitched both games for the Red Hawks. After a sacrifice bunt and a fly out, Lawrence picked up multiple clutch two-out hits. Taylor Dodson doubled to score Duffy and tie the game at 3-3. Chiodo followed with a double to score pinch-runner Rheya Upadhyaya and put the Vikings up 4-3. Paquette followed with a single to score Chiodo and Lawrence led 5-3.

Gnacinski went 3-for-3 and scored two runs to pace Ripon in the nightcap. Korrine Peterson had a pair of hits in the opener for the Red Hawks.

Game one box score

Game two box score



Birch slams Carroll in 24-11 Lawrence victory

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The Lawrence University baseball team blasted four home runs, including a grand slam, and rolled to a 24-11 Midwest Conference victory over Carroll University at Frame Park on Wednesday.

Lawrence set or tied five school records, including tying the marks for runs scored and runs batted in.

Joel Birch went 4-for-6 with a grand slam, drove in seven runs and scored four runs for Lawrence (4-12, 2-3 MWC), which pounded out a school-record 25 hits. The Vikings had five players with at least four hits apiece and tied the school record with 23 RBIs.

Jake Gordon was 5-for-7 with four runs scored and a pair of RBIs. The five hits ties the school record for hits in a game. Freshman Brandon Vamarasi was 4-for-5 and drove in six runs for the Vikings.

Sam Kossow went 4-for-4 and scored a school-record six runs, and Marc Linger went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Davis Ogilive hit a three-run homer for the Vikings, and Luke Zablocki had a solo shot, his team-best third homer of the season.

Kelton Jenkins pitched five innings of relief to pick up the win.

Lawrence led 4-0 after the top of the first as Gordon hit a two-run homer and Zablocki blasted a solo homer. Carroll (6-10, 3-2) then scored the next six runs over four innings to grab a 6-4 lead.

The Vikings exploded for seven runs in the fifth to take an 11-6 lead. The big blow in the inning was Ogilvie’s three-run homer.

Lawrence added two more runs in the sixth and picked up four in the seventh, including a pair on a Birch double, to lead 15-6. Carroll countered with four in the bottom of the seventh, but Lawrence sealed the win in the final two innings.

Vamarasi drove in a pair in a three-run eighth, and Birch blasted the grand slam in the ninth to finish the scoring for Lawrence.

Box score

Game two of the doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather.

Inside LU Athletics: Newcomers making big impact for softball

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Kim Tatro has been coaching long enough to know a good thing when she sees one.

The Lawrence University softball coach knew she had a talented group of incoming players, but two of the newest Vikings have impressed Tatro and put up some stellar numbers. Shortstop Amanda Jaskolski and catcher Sam Belletini are leading the Vikings in hitting and helping Lawrence put together another strong season.

“We knew what we were getting with Jazz,” said Tatro, referring to Jaskolski by her nickname. “She is vey gifted athletically and has been a huge asset to our program. She knows so much about the game, and the experience she brings has been invaluable. We knew Sam had the physical tools but were unsure how quickly she would adjust to the college game. We expect so much out of the catching position and Sam gets better every single day.”

Jaskolski, a native of nearby Shawano, Wis., is a junior who transferred to Lawrence after playing two years at Darton State College in Georgia. She earned the starting job at shortstop and has provided a power surge at the plate. Jaskolski is hitting a team-high .438 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs and 23 runs batted in. With her .781 slugging percentage, she has put together a gaudy 1.281 OPS.

“I think it’s gone a little better than I expected,” said Jaskolski, who ranks in the top 10 nationally in RBIs per game. “(The team)¬†showed me the ropes of Lawrence. They have their own little community here. Having a team to help me do that has been great.¬†We all just kind of clicked right away and made our own little bond within the softball team.”

Belletini is a first-year player from Gurnee, Ill., and has nailed down the starting job behind the plate. Tatro, a star catcher in her playing days, expects her catchers to lead and take charge.

“(Tatro) definitely commands that leadership role from the catcher. It’s been a big adjustment,” Belletini said. “When¬†I started practice inside I was way quiet, and I didn’t take that leadership. Once I got to know the team, Alex (Chiodo) encouraged me and that helped a lot.”

Speak softly and carry a big stick seems to be Belletini’s motto. She is hitting .417 with seven doubles, a triple and 15 RBIs. Not bad for someone who wasn’t going to play at the collegiate level.

Lawrence pitcher Jessica Demski was Belletini’s prep teammate at Warren Township High School, and convinced her to visit Lawrence. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I like it a lot. I’m glad I decided to come here,” Belletini said. “I love playing softball. I think I would have regretted not playing.”

With the influx of newcomers, including Rheya Upadhyaya and Marisa Thackston, mixing with the veteran team, the Vikings have put together a 12-8 mark. This year’s team has great versatility to go along with a powerful offense.

“We are strong top to bottom,” Tatro said. “I said this early on, we have 16 players and all have a legitimate opportunity to start. When practice is that competitive every day, it brings out the best in everyone. As a staff, we have a lot of confidence in one through 16 on our team.”

Both Jaskolski and Belletini are looking for the team to make a run at another appearance in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament. With the offense clicking, the Vikings have a shot at returning to the league tourney after finishing second last season.

“If you look at our team batting average, something is happening,” said Jaskolski, referring to Lawrence’s impressive .353 average. “It’s kind of crazy to have everyone on the same page at the same time.”

Softball vs. Rockford postponed

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University vs. Rockford University softball doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday afternoon has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced. Lawrence is scheduled to return to action on Thursday when it hosts Ripon College in a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Whiting Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

Registration open for Viking Bench Golf Outing

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Registration is now open for the 2014 Viking Bench Golf Outing, which is set for June 9.

The event, which raises funds for the Lawrence University Department of Athletics, is a four-person, 18-hole scramble at Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown, Wis. The golf scramble is followed by a social hour and dinner in the Royal St. Patrick’s clubhouse.

The cost of the outing, which includes green fees, cart, welcome gift, lunch, beverage tickets and dinner, is $125. If you cannot join us for golf but wish to have dinner, the cost is $30.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and golf follows with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The social hour begins at 3 p.m., and the buffet-style dinner is at 4 p.m. To register for the event, go to:

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from a $250 hole sponsor to a $5,000 title sponsor.

For questions regarding registration or sponsorship, please contact Lawrence Assistant Director of Athletics Joel DePagter at 920-993-6281 or at

Tuesday’s softball doubleheader postponed

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Tuesday’s Lawrence University vs. Rockford University softball doubleheader has been postponed. The nonconference doubleheader has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Whiting Field. Once this date and time has been finalized, a further update will be issued.

Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader at Carroll postponed

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Tuesday’s Lawrence University at Carroll University baseball doubleheader has been postponed due to wet field conditions in Waukesha, Wis. No make-up date has been announced. Lawrence is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday when it travels to MSOE for a 4 p.m. nonconference doubleheader.

Cornell shuts out Vikings

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Jackie Sernek tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Cornell College to a 3-0 victory over Lawrence University on Sunday at the Midwest Conference Classic.

Sernek struck out six and walked two over seven innings for the Rams (17-8, 5-3 MWC). Sernek’s outing overshadowed a fine effort from Liz Barthels, who went the distance, allowed six hits and only one earned run for the Vikings (12-8, 3-3).

Brianna Carney went 2-for-2 to pace Cornell, who scored unearned runs in the third and fourth and picked up another run in the sixth inning.

Box score