TUCSON, Ariz. — The Carleton College baseball team jumped on Lawrence University early and went on to a 12-7 nonconference win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Carleton scored four times in the first and added two more in the second to lead 6-1 after two innings. The Vikings rallied, but the Knights scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory.
Lawrence (1-4) had a 13-12 edge in hits and were led by outfielder Aaron Benz, who has started the season red-hot. Benz went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
Sam Kossow and Brandon Vamarasi both had a pair of hits for the Vikings as nine Lawrence players collected at least one hit.
Lawrence scored three times in the third to trim Carleton’s lead to 6-4 as Kossow had a two-run single and Benz picked up a run-scoring double.
Carleton scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to push the lead back to 9-4. The Vikings got two runs back in the top of the eighth on Vamarasi’s RBI single and Brandon Klar’s sacrifice fly. Carleton then scored three times in the bottom half of the inning to pull away again.
Thaddaeus Gregory pitched five innings to pick up the victory for the Knights. Kelton Jenkins went 4.1 innings and took the loss for Lawrence.