JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Lawrence University softball team got the Midwest Conference Classic off to a great start on Saturday with a 12-4 victory in five innings over Knox College.

Knox took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Vikings (6-9, 1-2) took command with six runs in the second. Lawrence, which pounded out 14 hits in only four innings, then added six more in the fourth to seal the victory.

Shannon Murray was one of five Vikings to pick up a pair of hits against the Prairie Fire. Murray went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

Katie Simonsen went 2-for-3 and drove in a game-high four runs. Cathy Kaye and Alissa Geipel both went 2-for-4 with a double and Kaye knocked in two runs. Emily Perish also went 2-for-3.

Perish pitched all five innings to pick up the win. She struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.

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