Ripon takes pair from Lawrence

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Ripon College baseball team got a pair of great pitching performances and went on to a Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Lawrence University on Tuesday at Whiting Field.

Tom Fish went the distance in the opener as Ripon won 7-3, and Marshall Zahn tossed one-hit ball for eight innings as the Red Hawks took the nightcap 6-0.

In the first game, Fish allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one. Phil Clark went five innings for Lawrence (6-12, 0-8 MWC) and took the loss.

Ripon (10-8, 6-0) led 2-0 before the Vikings rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Gabe Henriques started the inning with a double, and Aaron Benz followed with a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 2-1. After Davis Ogilvie’s bunt single, Sam Kossow singled to left field to score Benz and tie the game. Phil Wisniewski’s sacrifice fly then scored Ogilvie and the Vikings led 3-2.

Nick Schmitt picked up a run-scoring double and Nate Siudak added a RBI single in the top of the fifth as Ripon grabbed the lead back at 4-3.

The Red Hawks then added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on Schmitt’s two-run homer. Schmitt went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. Benz led the Lawrence attack by going 2-for-4.

In the nightcap, Zahn allowed just one hit, struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter in eight innings. Henriques broke up the no-hit bid with a line drive single to center in the seventh. Dan Taylor allowed three runs over six innings and took the loss for Lawrence.

Siudak led the Ripon offense by going 4-for-5 and driving in four runs. He drove in the first run of the game in the top of the fourth as Ripon took a 1-0 lead. He added another RBI in Ripon’s two-run sixth inning, and Siudak picked up a two-run single as the Red Hawks scored three times in the seventh.

Lawrence is scheduled to return to action on Saturday when it hosts St. Norbert College.

Game one box score

Game two box score

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