TUCSON, Ariz. — The Middlebury College baseball team scored three times in the top of the eighth to take command and then held on for a 15-13 nonconference win over Lawrence University on Tuesday.
The Panthers led 12-11 heading to the eighth when they scored three times to push the lead to four runs. Lawrence (2-5) cut the margin to 15-13 with two runs in the bottom half of the inning but could get no closer.
Aaron Benz continued his hot hitting with two more hits, including a triple, and he also drove in three runs for the Vikings. Jake Gordon had a team-best three hits, including a double, and Gabe Warshaw, Luke Zablocki and Brandon Vamarasi all had two hits for Lawrence.
Philip Clark took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs over six innings.
The Vikings, who made eight errors, scored four times in the bottom of the first and built a 7-5 lead through three innings. Middlebury struck for six runs in the fourth to go up 11-6. Lawrence added a single run in the bottom half of the fourth, two more in the fifth and one more in the sixth to cut the lead to 12-11.