APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University baseball team won the opener in a walk-off on Wednesday and went on to split a Midwest Conference doubleheader with Carroll University at Whiting Field.
Lawrence (11-24, 2-14 MWC) won a wild one, 9-8, in the opener, and Carroll (16-19, 5-11) took the nightcap 12-3.
The Vikings took a see-saw affair in the opener by scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth. Carroll had tied it at 8-8 in the top half of the inning, but Aaron Benz led off the bottom of the ninth with a single.
After a sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Tom Olson to second, Tanner DeBettencourt tripled to dead center field and Olson scored to give Lawrence the 9-8 victory.
Davide Harris went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs in the opener for the Vikings. Dan Taylor went 3-for-4 and also drove in a pair of runs for Lawrence. Benz and Gabe Warshaw both had two hits, and Phil Wisniewski belted a solo homer for the Vikings.
Gene Shipanik pitched the ninth and picked up the win for the Vikings. Chris James took the loss in relief for Carroll.
Joe Klobukowski went 5-for-6, scored three runs and drove in a pair for the Pioneers.
In the nightcap, Tyler Robers scattered nine hits over seven innings and allowed only three runs to earn the victory.
The Pioneers trailed 2-1 but scored five times in the top of the sixth to take command. Carroll then added five more runs in the top of the eighth to seal the victory.¬†Mitch Marty went 3-for-5 to pace the Carroll offense.
DeBettencourt and Warshaw had two hits apiece for Lawrence.recap