Vikings top St. Norbert 5-4

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team edged St. Norbert College 5-4 on Tuesday in a Midwest Conference match at Western Racquet Club.

Lawrence (9-8, 3-1 MWC) took the lead early by winning two of the three doubles matches. Brian DeCorte and Adam Busch were 8-4 winners for the Vikings at No. 2, and Ethan Perushek and Ben Tomhave pulled out a 9-7 victory at No. 3.

The Vikings then split the six singles matches to pick up the victory. DeCorte notched his second win of the night with a win in straight sets at No. 3. The Vikings got a 6-3, 7-5 victory from David Jumes at No. 1, and freshman Izaya Turenne posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 6.

Lawrence University 5, St. Norbert College 4

Singles competition
1. David Jumes (LU) def. Travis Buechel (SNC) 6-3, 7-5
2. Nate Gosz (SNC) def. Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Brian DeCorte (LU) def. Leon Gilman (SNC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Casey Brice (SNC) def. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Ben Vande Zande (SNC) def. Adam Busch (LU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Izaya Turenne (LU) def. Kahlo Vue (SNC) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Travis Buechel/Nate Gosz (SNC) def. David Jumes/Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) 9-7
2. Brian DeCorte/Adam Busch (LU) def. Leon Gilman/Casey Brice (SNC) 8-4
3. Ethan Perushek/Ben Tomhave (LU) def. Ben Vande Zande/Kahlo Vue (SNC) 9-7

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 9-8, 3-1 MWC
St. Norbert College 4-8, 2-2 MWC
T-3:00 A-25

Vance grabs MWC Pitcher of the Week award

Kara Vance
Kara Vance

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University softball standout Kara Vance has been named the Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding set of games in Florida.

Vance (Racine, Wis./Park) posted a 4-0 record during the past week during Lawrence’s spring break trip to Clermont, Fla. The senior right-hander pitched 26.2 innings and posted a 1.31 earned run average. She struck out seven and walked just one.

Vance finished her week with a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Colby College. The day before, Vance went the distance again, allowing six hits, in a 5-1 win over Colby.

Vance pitched all eight innings in a 5-4 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology, and she also threw 4.2 innings of one-run relief in a 5-4 win over D’Youville College on consecutive days.

Lawrence finished the trip to Florida with an 8-4 record.

Lawrence doubles up Prairie Fire

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team took down Knox College 6-3 in a Midwest Conference match on Sunday at the Green Bay Tennis Center.

Lawrence (8-8, 2-1 MWC) won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to take the early advantage. Brian DeCorte and Adam Busch were 8-4 winners at No. 2, and Ethan Perushek and Ben Tomhave won 8-1 at No. 3.

The Vikings then swept the Nos. 3-6 singles matches to secure the victory. Brian DeCorte (No. 3), Mitch Kasprzyk (No. 4), Adam Busch (No. 5) and Izaya Turenne (No. 6) were all singles winners for Lawrence.

Lawrence University 6, Knox College 3

Singles competition
1. Walter Palmer (KC) def. David Jumes (LU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Karl Ruzgas (KC) def. Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) 7-5, 6-0
3. Brian DeCorte (LU) def. Ashwin Kushwaha (KC) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
4. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) def. Rohail Khan (KC) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Adam Busch (LU) def. Ganesh Uppalapu (KC) 6-4, 6-0
6. Izaya Turenne (LU) def. Zair Zahid (KC) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Karl Ruzgas/Walter Palmer (KC) def. David Jumes/Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) 8-1
2. Brian DeCorte/Adam Busch (LU) def. Ashwin Kushwaha/Rohail Khan (KC) 8-4
3. Ethan Perushek/Ben Tomhave (LU) def. Ganesh Uppalapu/Zair Zahid (KC) 8-1

Match Notes:
Knox College 2-15, 1-2 MWC
Lawrence University 8-8, 2-1 MWC
T-2:30 A-20

Vikings shut out Illinois College

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team rolled to a 9-0 Midwest Conference victory over a short-handed Illinois College squad on Saturday at the Green Bay Tennis Center.

The Blueboys (0-5, 0-2 MWC) had just four players, and the Vikings (7-8, 1-1) rolled to the win.

Lawrence dropped just one game in doubles and lost only two games in the four singles matches. Both David Jumes at No. 1 and Izaya Turenne at No. 4 posted 6-0, 6-0 wins.

Lawrence University 9, Illinois College 0

Singles competition
1. David Jumes (LU) def. Anthony Samples (IC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) def. T.J. Lawal (IC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) def. Brandon Hollenbeck (IC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Izaya Turenne (LU) def. DeVaughn Green (IC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Ethan Perushek (LU) def. No player (IC), by default
6. Ben Tomhave (LU) def. No player (IC), by default

Doubles competition
1. Brian DeCorte/Adam Busch (LU) def. Anthony Samples/T.J. Lawal (IC) 8-1
2. Ethan Perushek/Ben Tomhave (LU) def. Brandon Hollenbeck/DeVaughn Green (IC) 8-0
3. Mitch Kasprzyk/Izaya Turenne (LU) def. No player/No player (IC), by default

Match Notes:
Illinois College 0-5, 0-2 MWC
Lawrence University 7-8, 1-1 MWC
T-1:30 A-30

Vikings sweep pair from Thomas

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Lawrence University baseball team wrapped up its spring break trip to Florida by sweeping a nonconference doubleheader from Thomas (Maine) College on Saturday.

Lawrence won the opener 8-7 and took the nightcap 7-4.

The Vikings posted a 6-3 record in Florida and improved to 6-7 overall.

In the opener, Lawrence used two big innings to surge ahead. The Vikings trailed 5-2 before scoring three times in the top of the sixth inning to tie it. Freshman Travis Weber had a three-run double in the inning and finished 2-for-5 on the day.

Thomas (2-6) countered with a run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead back to 6-5, but Lawrence answered in the top of the seventh. The Vikings scored three times in the inning as a pair of freshmen came up big. Jake Mills had a run-scoring single, and pinch-hitter Carl Olsen smacked a two-run single to put the Vikings up 8-6.

Kelton Jenkins gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth but stopped the Terriers after that to pick up the save. Kyle Duex earned the win in relief of starter Atley Gay.

In the nightcap, a three-run eighth inning lifted the Vikings to the win.

Lawrence trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth, but Joel Birch’s two-run single pushed the Vikings to a 4-3 advantage.

Thomas tied it with a run in the top of the eighth, but Lawrence answered in the bottom half of the inning. Brandon Klar’s two-run double capped a three-run outburst that gave Lawrence a 7-4 lead.

Philip Clark pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save. Birch worked two innings of relief to get the win, and Anthony Ortiz went 2-for-5 for the Vikings.

Scots topple Lawrence

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team dropped its Midwest Conference opener on Saturday with an 8-1 loss to Monmouth College at the Green Bay Tennis Center.

The lone victory for the Vikings came at No. 1 doubles where David Jumes and Sotaro Kurahashi teamed for an 8-3 win.

Monmouth College 8, Lawrence University 1

Singles competition
1. Landon Walker (MC) def. David Jumes (LU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Saxon Day (MC) def. Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) 6-0, 6-3
3. Derek Rineberg (MC) def. Brian DeCorte (LU) 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Marco Franco (MC) def. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Dylan Wong (MC) def. Adam Busch (LU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Paulo Pliego (MC) def. Izaya Turenne (LU) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. David Jumes/Sotaro Kurahashi (LU) def. Derek Rineberg/Marco Franco (MC) 8-3
2. Landon Walker/Saxon Day (MC) def. Brian DeCorte/Adam Busch (LU) 9-8
3. Dylan Wong/Ronnie Griffin (MC) def. Ethan Perushek/Ben Tomhave (LU) 8-2

Monmouth College 8-8, 1-0 MWC
Lawrence University 6-8, 0-1 MWC
T-2:30 A-30

Colby takes two from Vikings

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Colby College baseball team swept a nonconference doubleheader from Lawrence University on Friday by the scores of 6-4 and 9-8.

In the opener, Colby (9-1) broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the sixth. The Mules then added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Brandon Klar led off the seventh for Lawrence with a double and then scored on Jake Gordon’s single to trim the lead to 6-4. Tommy Forese then retired the next three Vikings in order to nail down the save.

Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and a run driven in. Luke Zablocki and Davis Ogilvie both went 2-for-4 for the Vikings (4-7).

In the nine-inning nightcap, Colby rallied from an 8-4 deficit to pick up the win. Lawrence scored twice in the top of the first before Colby tied it, but the Vikings got three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to go up 6-2.

Colby battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Lawrence countered with two more in the top of the sixth. Colby got two in the bottom of the sixth to trim the lead to 8-6 and added three more in the seventh to take the lead for good.

Robert Donohue picked up the win in relief, and Forese pitched a perfect ninth to get his second save of the day.

Joel Birch went 3-for-4 with a run batted in, and Matthew Holliday and Kyle Duex had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

 

Vance tosses two-hit shutout as Lawrence downs Mules

CLERMONT, Fla. — Kara Vance fired a two-hit shutout to lead the Lawrence University softball team to a 5-0 nonconference victory over Colby College on Friday.

Lawrence finished its spring break trip to Florida with an 8-4 record.

Vance needed just 59 pitches to complete the seven innings of work. She gave up a lead-off single in the third and lead-off double in the seventh. Those were the only two runners for the Mules (3-7) as Vance struck out two and walked none.

Kori Looker went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Vikings, and Taylor Dodson went 2-for-4.

Lawrence grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Anna Wawiorka tripled to score Tierney Duffy, and Wawiorka then scored on Savanna Marsicek’s squeeze bunt.

The Vikings extended the advantage to 5-0 with three more runs in the fifth. Dodson had a run-scoring single, and Looker followed with a two-run single to complete the scoring.

Megan Michie allowed all five runs in her five innings of work and took the loss for Colby.

Box score

Bluejays top Lawrence

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Elmhurst College softball team made the most of its opportunities on Friday to collect a 5-1 nonconference win over Lawrence University.

Elmhurst (10-3) needed only six hits to score five times as Ele Walter had two hits and Bella Masini drove in a pair of runs.

Tiffany Potthast scattered seven hits, struck out one and walked four in going the distance to earn the win. Liz Barthels went the distance for the Vikings (7-4) and allowed just three earned runs while walking one.

Lawrence tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third when Marisa Thackston singled to score Sam Belletini. The Bluejays took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning on Masini’s two-run single.

Elmhurst added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to help seal the victory.

Box score

Lawrence bats pummel Oberlin

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Lawrence University softball team pounded out 15 hits over five innings in a 9-1 nonconference win over Oberlin College on Thursday.

Lawrence, which ran its win streak to five games, had five players collect two hits apiece. Anna Wawiorka, Amanda Jaskolski, Sam Belletini, Taylor Dodson and Marisa Thackston all had two hits for the Vikings (7-3).

Thackston drove in a pair of runs for Lawrence, which had six doubles on the afternoon.

Liz Barthels allowed one run on five hits over five innings to pick up the win. She struck out one and did not walk a batter.

Lawrence took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Belletini doubled and scored on Kori Looker’s double

The Vikings started to pull away from Oberlin (1-10) with three more runs in the third. Jaskolski, Belletini and Thackston all had run-scoring singles in the inning as Lawrence grabbed a 4-0 lead.

The Yeowomen got a run in the top of the fourth, but the Vikings scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to push the lead to 6-1. Marsicek’s run-scoring double scored one run, and Dodson’s infield single plated the other.

Lawrence ended the game on the eight-run rule in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs. Thackston and Jessica Demski had back-to-back run-scoring doubles to push the lead to 8-1, and Wawiorka belted another double to score Demski and end the game.

Lawrence wraps up its spring break trip on Friday with games against Elmhurst College and Colby College.

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