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.recap