Joseph Vanden Acker

Author: Joseph Vanden Acker

Karnatz rides hot bat to MWC Player of the Week honor

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Amanda Karnatz got her softball career off to a flying start by earning Midwest Conference Player of the Week honors after her first few games as a Viking.

Karnatz (Elmhurst, Ill./York), a rookie center fielder, sparked the Lawrence offense during the Vikings’ spring break trip to Florida. Batting at the top of the Lawrence lineup, Karnatz hit .538 during the Vikings’ final eight games in the Sunshine State.

Karnatz went 14-for-26 and scored 14 runs, an average of 1.75 per game. She also picked up three walks and was hit by a pitch to compile a .600 on-base percentage.

Karnatz showed pop in her bat as well with five doubles for a .731 slugging percentage. She swiped eight bases in nine tries and recorded an outfield assist.

The Vikings return to action on Wednesday when Lawrence hosts Rockford University in a nonconference doubleheader at Whiting Field.

Vikings roll to shutout victory over Marian

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team rolled to a 9-0 nonconference victory Tuesday over Marian University at Fox Cities Racquet Club.

The Vikings got off to a great start and dropped only two games in the three doubles matches. David Jumes and Bill Schuman-Kline posted an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles.

Lawrence (6-6) swept through the singles matches and posted a trio of 6-0, 6-0 victories. Jumes didn’t drop a game at No. 1 singles, and Connor Maloney at No. 3 and Kieran Laursen at No. 5 were also perfect.

Marian dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Lawrence University 9, Marian University 0

Singles competition
1. David Jumes (LU) def. Schwoerer, Patrick (MU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Bill Schuman-Kline (LU) def. Roe, Danny (MU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Connor Maloney (LU) def. Braswell, Spencer (MU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Aidan Delgado (LU) def. Ruis, Brandon (MU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Kieran Laursen (LU) def. Biffert, Ryan (MU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Yang Zhao (LU) def. Stanczyk, Zachary (MU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. David Jumes/Bill Schuman-Kline (LU) def. Schwoerer, Patrick/Braswell, Spencer (MU) 8-0
2. Connor Maloney/David Brooker (LU) def. Ruis, Brandon/Roe, Danny (MU) 8-1
3. Cade Francour/Andrea Arrivela (LU) def. Biffert, Ryan/Paulson, Coy (MU) 8-1

Red-hot Klar named MWC Player of the Week

APPLETON, Wis. — Swinging a red-hot bat earned Lawrence University baseball standout Brandon Klar Midwest Conference Player of the Week honors.

Klar (University City, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day), a senior infielder, hit a sizzling .625 in seven games during Lawrence’s spring break trip to Florida. Klar improved his batting average on the season to a team-best .529 to go with 11 runs batted in.

Klar went 15-for-24 with four doubles, one triple and nine RBIs. Klar had an .875 slugging percentage and posted a 1.518 OPS. Klar also scored six runs and was a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen bases.

Klar’s biggest game on the trip came in Lawrence’s one-run loss to Benedictine (Ill.). He went 4-for-5, drove in three runs and scored a run.

The Vikings return to action this weekend when they open Midwest Conference play with a four-game set against Ripon. Lawrence travels to Ripon on Saturday, and the Red Hawks come to Whiting Field on Sunday.

Benedictine scores walk-off win over Vikings

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Benedictine (Ill.) University baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to secure a 9-8 nonconference victory over Lawrence University.

Brandon Klar went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Vikings, and Reno Zemrak was 3-for-5, scored a run and drove in a run.

Lead-off hitter Nolan Spencer was 2-for-3 and scored three runs for Lawrence. Matt Holliday was 2-for-5 with two doubles and drove in a pair, and Travis Weber also was 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Vikings.

Jack Feeley went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to pace Benedictine (7-5).

It was Feeley who got the winning rally started with the game tied at 8-8 in the bottom of the ninth. Feeley singled off reliever Zach Rabideau with one out and Sam Kerr followed with a double to score the walk-off victory.

Lawrence (3-9) rallied twice after the Eagles had seized the lead. Benedictine was up 5-1 when the Vikings scored in three consecutive innings to take the lead.

Lawrence trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the fourth when Rabideau singled and later came home on Zemrak’s infield single.

The Vikings tacked on three more runs in the fifth to tie it. Spencer and Klar opened the inning with singles, and Holliday followed with a double to trim the lead to 5-3. Weber delivered a two-run single to tie the score at 5-5.

Lawrence grabbed the lead in the sixth when Zemrak singled and later came around to score on Klar’s clutch two-out single for a 6-5 edge.

Benedictine struck back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Lawrence rallied again in the eighth. The two-out rally got started when Anthony Ortiz reached on an error and Spencer was hit by a pitch. Klar followed with a single to score Ortiz, and Holliday doubled to score Spencer and tie the game at 8-8.

Marty Maves pitched the final 1.1 innings to get the win, and Rabideau took the loss after 3.1 innings of relief.

Big innings lead St. Olaf past Lawrence

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The St. Olaf College baseball team put together a pair of big innings Friday and went on to a 14-2 nonconference victory over Lawrence University.

The Oles (6-5) scored six times in the third inning to break the game open and then ended the game with four runs in the seventh inning.

Dylan Blake went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs to pace St. Olaf’s 15-hit attack. Will Gustafson went the distance to pick up the victory.

Zach Rabideau went 3-for-3 with a double and scored a run to pace Lawrence (3-8). Matt Holliday allowed nine runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss.

The Oles led 3-1 when they collected five hits in the third and took advantage of a pair of hit batsmen to score six times. St. Olaf led 10-2 and closed the game out with four runs in the seventh.

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Terriers top Lawrence

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Lawrence University softball team finished its spring break trip to Florida on a down note by dropping a 10-1 nonconference decision to Thomas College.

Sydney LeBourveau went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer, and scored three times for Thomas (1-7). She also went the distance in the circle to pick up the victory in six innings.

Katie Taylor went 3-for-4 and scored three times for the Terriers.

Rheya Upadhyaya went 2-for-3 to pace Lawrence (5-7). Madeline MacLean pitched 5.1 innings and took the loss.

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Vikings fall in slugfest with Hope

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Hope College softball team posted a 12-9 nonconference victory over Lawrence University on Friday as the teams combined for 27 hits.

Hope jumped out to a 6-1 lead but had to fend off the Vikings, who scored eight runs in the final four innings.

Lexi Angemi went 4-for-4, drove in three runs and scored two runs for Lawrence (5-6), and Amanda Karnatz went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Sam Belletini and Emilia Jackson both went 2-for-4 for Lawrence, and Belletini drove in a pair of runs.

Jackson made the start but lasted just 1.1 innings and took the loss. Katie Singer gave up three runs in four innings to pick up the victory for Hope (9-3).

Shay Pinhey went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs for Hope, which led 6-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth. Lawrence scored twice in the fourth as Belletini had a run-scoring double, and Madeline MacLean added an RBI single.

Hope and Lawrence exchanged four-run outbursts in the fifth with Angemi, Kori Looker and Rheya Upadhyaya all collecting run-scoring singles in the frame.

After Hope scored two in the top of the sixth to go up 12-7, the Vikings matched it with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Angemi picked up a run-scoring double in the inning.

Relief pitcher Tena Baar held the Vikings scoreless in the seventh to pick up the save.

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Vikings earn doubleheader split with Carleton

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Lawrence University baseball team earned a nonconference doubleheader split with Carleton College on Thursday.

The Knights took the opener 5-4, and Lawrence rallied for a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

In the second game, Lawrence rallied for four runs in the fourth inning and then escaped jams in the sixth and seventh to preserve the win.

Brandon Klar went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Vikings (3-7), and rookie Rudy Mueller-Schrader had a double and two RBIs.

Brad Olson allowed four runs in the first inning but settled down to work six strong innings for his first collegiate victory. Zach Rabideau pitched the seventh to pick up his second save of the season.

The first four batters of the game scored for Carleton (6-5), and the Vikings trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

A fielder’s choice and walk put two runners aboard for Lawrence, and Mueller-Schrader belted a two-run double to trim the lead to 4-3. Two more walks loaded the bases, and Klar delivered a two-run, two-out single to give Lawrence a 5-4 advantage.

The Knights threatened in the sixth and had Brendon Fischel at third with one out. Olson got a line out and a popup to end the inning. Rabideau entered in the seventh but gave up a two-out triple to Griffin Bolte. Rabideau then struck out Wilson Battle looking to end the game.

In the opener, Carleton got a run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. Chris Lasch led off the inning with a double against starter Kyle Duex, and Kennan Moore followed a run-scoring single to win it.

Travis Weber went 2-for-4 with a triple and drove in two runs for Lawrence, and Klar and Rabideau also went 2-for-4.

Lawrence trailed 3-0 before rallying for three runs in the top of the third. Klar’s single and an error on Matt Holliday’s grounder put two runners on base, and Andrew Lauber followed with a single to score Klar. Weber then smacked a two-run triple to tie the game at 3-3.

The Knights scratched out a run in the fifth to take the lead, but Lawrence tied it in the top of the seventh. Nolan Spencer started the rally with a one-out triple and came home on Holliday’s single to tie the game at 4-4.

Duex went the distance for Lawrence and took the loss. He allowed nine hits, struck out three and walked three. Alec Lawler went the distance, allowing 10 hits, to pick up the win.

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Second game box score

Jackson fires two-hitter as Lawrence takes bite out of Gators

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Lawrence University softball team exploded for six runs in the second inning Thursday and rolled to a 9-1 nonconference victory in five innings over Allegheny College.

Lawrence rookie pitcher Emilia Jackson allowed only two hits, struck out one and walked one to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Sofie Pedersen went 2-for-2, drove in three runs and scored a pair of pair of runs to pace the Vikings (5-5). Kori Looker was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Sam Belletini went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.

The Gators (2-8) led 1-0 before Lawrence broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the second. Madeline MacLean singled and Looker doubled to start the rally, and Pedersen then delivered a two-run double to put the Vikings up 2-1.

After Jackson reached on an error, Rachel Urich singled to drive in Pedersen. A walk loaded the bases, and another error allowed a run to score. Belletini then delivered a two-run single to put Lawrence up 6-1.

Looker doubled to start the third inning, and Pedersen delivered a run-scoring single for a 7-1 edge. An error on Amanda Karnatz’s ground ball allowed Pedersen to score for an 8-1 lead.

Lawrence pushed the lead to 9-1 when Lexi Angemi doubled to start the fourth inning and scored on Looker’s sacrifice fly.

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St. Lawrence shuts out Vikings

CLERMONT, Fla. — The St. Lawrence University softball team scored in each of the first three innings Thursday and went on to an 8-0 nonconference victory over Lawrence University.

Elle Gray went 2-for-3 and belted a three-run homer in the opening inning to lead the Saints (9-1). Madison Mitchell allowed only two hits, struck out six and walked four to pick up the win.

Gray’s homer staked St. Lawrence to a 3-0 lead after one, and Deanna Sullivan delivered a two-run single in the second. The Saints pulled out to an 8-0 lead three more runs in the third.

Madeline MacLean allowed eight hits but only four earned runs in taking the loss for the Vikings (4-5).

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