Vikings pick up split with Caltech

Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Lawrence University baseball team earned its first win of the season on Saturday as it split a nonconference doubleheader with Caltech.

The Vikings won the opener 9-8 and dropped the nightcap 15-1.

In the opener, Gabe Warshaw, Aaron Benz, Joel Birch, Luke Zablocki and Brandon Vamarasi all had two hits for the Vikings (1-3), who pounded out 13 hits. Zablocki homered and drove in a pair of  runs.

Freshman Joe Krivit pitched seven innings to pick up his first collegiate victory. He allowed 10 hits, struck out one and walked six.

Lawrence trailed 3-2 when the Vikings struck for five runs in the top of the third. Zablocki blasted a two-run homer to put Lawrence up 4-3, and the Vikings added three more runs on a sacrifice fly, a ground out and Birch’s run-scoring single for a 7-3 lead.

Lawrence went up 9-4 with a pair of runs in the seventh on Vamarasi’s run-scoring double Craig Batchelor’s RBI single.

Caltech picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning and added three more in the eighth to cut the lead to 9-8. Davis Ogilvie worked around a walk in the ninth to secure the victory for Lawrence.

In the nightcap, Daniel Chou scattered eight hits over seven innings to lead the Beavers to the victory.

Benz went 3-for-3 for Lawrence and scored the Vikings’ only run with a solo homer. Tim Menninger went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs for Caltech.

Gene Shipanik went 3.2 innings and took the loss.

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