Category: Baseball

Gordon named to All-America team for second straight year

Jake Gordon
Jake Gordon

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball star Jake Gordon has been named to the Jewish Sports Review All-America team for the second consecutive year.

Gordon (Winnetka, Ill./North Shore Country Day), a senior center fielder, was a first-team selection for the second straight time. Gordon was the only player from a Wisconsin school named to the team, which is made up of players from NCAA Division II and III and the NAIA.

Gordon hit a team-high .364 with 10 doubles, four triples, three homers, 29 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. This was the third post-season honor for Gordon, who was an All-Midwest Conference and D3baseball.com All-Central Region selection.

Gordon overcame an injury in the final few games of the season to break Lawrence’s career hits record in his final plate appearance. Gordon’s final hit gave him 155 for his career, moving him past Andrew Wong, who had 154 hits from 2003-06.

Gordon had 14 multi-hit games despite being limited to just 33 games this season and picked up three or more hits in seven games. An outstanding defensive outfielder, Gordon also picked up seven outfield assists and compiled a .989 fielding percentage.

A four-year starter in the outfield, Gordon is a career .338 hitter and finished with 27 doubles, eight triples, five homers, 92 runs scored and 59 RBIs.

Six to be inducted into Lawrence Hall of Fame

A championship-winning coach and five former student-athletes will be inducted into the Lawrence University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 16.

Long-time swimming and diving coach Kurt Kirner will be enshrined with two-sport star Shannon Arendt LaRoux, runners Courtney Miller Cameron and Shelley Ebert Navis, basketball star Felice Porrata and baseball star Steve Blomberg.

The induction ceremony takes place at the Blue and White Dinner at the Warch Campus Center on Oct. 16, and the inductees are also introduced at the Hall of Fame football game vs. Carroll University at 5 p.m. on Oct. 17 on Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Steve Blomberg
Steve Blomberg

Steve Blomberg ’74

Steve Blomberg’s athletic career at Lawrence was brief, but the Brookfield, Wis., native stands as the finest hitter in school history.

Blomberg played two seasons of baseball at Lawrence before signing with the Kansas City Royals. He went on to play five seasons in the minor leagues and reached as high as Double-A before retiring.

A standout running back, Blomberg played varsity football as a sophomore and rushed for more than 1,000 yards, breaking or tying six school records along the way.

An outfielder on the baseball team, Blomberg was a career .481 hitter, hitting .485 in 1971 and .475 in 1972. Blomberg, whose season batting average record stood for 24 years, is the only player in Lawrence history to hit .400 in back-to-back seasons. A two-time All-Midwest Conference selection, Blomberg also earned Topp’s District All-America honors twice.

Known for his powerful bat, Blomberg posted a career .915 slugging percentage and still holds the season record at .984. He set career records with 12 home runs and seven triples and set season records with seven triples, nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. Blomberg continues to hold the game record of three homers.

Lawrence’s 1972 team tied with St. Olaf College for the Midwest Conference championship, the Vikings’ first league title.

During his one season of football, Blomberg was a first-team all-conference selection and was named the team’s Most Valuable Back. The Vikings finished 6-3 as Blomberg ran 204 times for 1,060 yards, a 5.2-yard average, and caught 16 passes for 239 yards.

Blomberg tied All-American Chuck McKee’s season record of 78 points scored in the process. He also broke the season records for punt returns, punt return yards, kickoff returns, kickoff return yardage and kickoff return average.

After playing five seasons in the minor leagues, Blomberg retired after playing the 1976 season with the Shreveport Captains of the Double-A Texas League. Blomberg hit .248, belted 38 homers and drove in 149 runs during his pro career.

A salesman for Waters Industrial Supply Co., Blomberg and his wife, Jeanne, have two children, Sam and Rebecca, and live in Waukesha. He also has a son, David, who resides in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Courtney Miller Cameron
Courtney Miller Cameron

Courtney Miller Cameron ’04

Courtney Miller displayed consistent excellence in cross country and collected a fistful of Midwest Conference track championships to stand as one of the great distance runners in Lawrence history.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Miller is the only cross country runner in Lawrence history to finish in the top 10 at the Midwest Conference Championships four times and is one of just three four-time all-conference honorees.

Miller posted second-place finishes at the MWC Championships in 2001 and 2003 and took ninth in 1999 and 2000. Part of a stellar group of distance runners, Miller led the Vikings to MWC cross country titles in 1999 and 2001 and second-place finishes in 2000 and 2003.

Running in the toughest regional in the nation, Miller grabbed one of the few individual qualifying spots for the NCAA Division III Championships in 1999 when she finished 26th to earn All-Midwest Region honors. She went on to finish 128th at the NCAA meet.

Miller, who was twice named the MWC Performer of the Week, took home individual titles at the Beloit Old English Classic and the Wisconsin Private College Championships in 2001 and won the Lawrence Invitational in 2003.

Miller, who didn’t compete during the 2002-03 academic year due to injury, also starred on the track for the Vikings. Miller was named the Outstanding Performer at both the 2004 indoor and outdoor Midwest Conference Championships and won five individual track titles and one relay championship.

Miller capped her 2004 indoor season at the MWC Championships by winning the the 800 meters in 2:18.94 and taking first in the 1,500 in 4:47.70. She also placed third in the 3,000 and ran a school-record time of 10:38.70. Miller also holds the indoor mark in the 1,000 meters at 3:04.67. At the MWC’s outdoor meet, Miller won the 800 (2:19.93) and 1,500 (4:51.11) and took second in the 5,000.

Miller claimed her first league title when she won the 800 at the 2000 MWC indoor meet with a time of 2:19.78. She also was part of the winning sprint medley relay team at the 2003 indoor MWC Championships. Miller teamed with Shelley Ebert, Sarah Slivinski and Jess Moser for a winning time of 4:16.80. Miller also was chosen as a MWC Performer of the Week during both the indoor and outdoor seasons during her career.

Miller won the school’s Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women and claimed the Ruth Bateman Award for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a female athlete.

Miller earned degrees in German and violin performance at Lawrence and went on to earn her master of music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois. Miller plays with the Victoria Symphony, and she and her husband, Matt, live in Victoria, B.C.

Kurt Kirner
Kurt Kirner

Kurt Kirner

Kurt Kirner took Lawrence swimming to a new level as his teams won a pair of Midwest Conference titles and he coached nearly 200 league champions.

A native of Prairie du Sac, Wis., Kirner took over for another Lawrence Hall of Famer, Gene Davis, in 1991. He coached both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams for the next 16 seasons before moving to Division II Hillsdale College.

Kirner’s men’s team won the Midwest Conference Championships team title in 1996 and 2000. Kirner was named the MWC Men’s Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2006 and was the Women’s Coach of the Year in 2007.

Kirner, who coached eight current Lawrence Hall of Famers, had a remarkable record in the biggest meets of each season. The Lawrence men posted an average finish of 2.6 at the MWC Championships, and the women’s average finish at the league meet was 2.9. Following his first season as head coach, the Lawrence men finished third or higher in the Midwest Conference in 13 of the next 15 seasons. The Lawrence women did the guys one better, finishing third or higher in the league in 14 of Kirner’s final 15 seasons.

Kirner saw a remarkable 187 swimmers crowned Midwest Conference champions during his tenure at Lawrence. The 1995-96 men’s team had a stunning 36 competitors take the top spot in 1996 as Lawrence won 12 individual titles and six relays at the MWC Championships. The women’s team set a best of 19 league champions in 1993 and had 18 in 1995.

Lawrence established itself as the state’s dominant private college program during Kirner’s tenure. The Lawrence women won eight team titles at the Wisconsin Private College Championships and finished second eight times. The Lawrence men won six titles at the Private College Championships and finished second 10 times.

Kirner also broke new ground for Lawrence swimming at the NCAA Division III Championships. Becky Wagenaar was Lawrence’s first female All-American and earned All-America honors three times. Tracy Maschman was an All-American in 1995 and 1996, and Chas Mitchell eared All-America honors on the men’s side in 1996.

Kirner’s teams were also great in the classroom as perennial winners of the Scholar All-America Team award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The 1996-97 men’s team posted the highest grade point average in the nation.

In addition to his coaching duties at Lawrence, Kirner served as the building and programming director for the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center from May 1993-May 2006.

Kirner coaches the women’s swim team and is an assistant professor at Hillsdale College. He and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Quinn and Clayton.

Shannon Arendt LaRoux
Shannon Arendt LaRoux

Shannon Arendt LaRoux ’04

Shannon Arendt starred on the field and on the court for the Vikings. A standout infielder for the Lawrence softball team, Arendt also was a powerful outside hitter for the volleyball squad.

The Hortonville, Wis., native started for four years at second base and received postseason honors in three seasons. Arendt was an All-Midwest Conference selection in 2003 and 2004 and earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region honors in 2001.

A career .324 hitter, Arendt batted in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and piled up 26 doubles, three triples and one homer while driving in 62 runs and scoring 88 times.

Arendt helped Lawrence to a 71-57-1 record in her four seasons, and the Vikings qualified for the MWC Tournament for three consecutive seasons (2002-04). Lawrence won the 2003 North Division title and hosted the four-team conference tournament.

Arendt was a force as an outside hitter on the volleyball court and earned All-Midwest Conference honors in 2002 and 2003. She also led Lawrence to its best season in school history in 2001 when the Vikings went 19-12 and finished third in the Midwest Conference.

Arendt’s name is all over the Lawrence records, and she ranks second with 1,357 career kills. A career .187 hitter, Arendt had three of the top six season kill totals when she graduated. She posted a career-high 27 kills in a match twice, and her 448 kills in 2003 led the team.

Arendt’s wicked serve accounted for 199 career aces, which is tops in Lawrence history. She also holds the record for aces in a match (12) and season (69). Arendt has three of the top four season totals for aces in Lawrence history.

A fine defensive player as well, Arendt ranked second in school history with 1,604 digs when she graduated. She also piled up 100 career blocks.

Arendt, who received a degree in biology with an interdisciplinary in psychology, received her nursing degree from Rush University. She works as an aesthetic nurse at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery. Arendt and her husband, Alex, have a dog, Gunner, and a cat, Gizzie.

Shelley Ebert Navis
Shelley Ebert Navis

Shelley Ebert Navis ’03

Shelley Ebert blazed to eight Midwest Conference track titles, set six school records and was a key contributor on a pair of conference championship cross country teams.

A two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, Ebert earned berths in the 800 meters for the 2002 indoor national meet and the 2003 outdoor championships.

Ebert continues to hold the school record both indoors and outdoors in the 800. She set the indoor mark of 2:18.01 at the 2002 NCAA Division III Championships and set the outdoor record of 2:14.30 in 2003.

A native of Janesville, Wis., Ebert dominated the 800 in the Midwest Conference for most of her career. She won the title indoors in the 800 for three consecutive years, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Ebert was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2003 MWC Indoor Championships.

Ebert took the title in the 800 at the MWC outdoor meet in 2002 and 2003 and also claimed the title in the 1,500 meters in 2003. Ebert was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the MWC Outdoor Championships in 2003. She also claimed three MWC track performer of the week awards.

A track team captain, Ebert also was a part of four school relay records and a pair of conference title winners.

Ebert teamed with Sarah Slivinski, Jess Moser and Courtney Miller to win the sprint medley relay at the 2003 indoor conference championships in 4:16.80. At the same meet, the 4×400 relay team of Ebert, Slivinski, Moser and Kim Boeckers finished second and set the school record of 4:09.03. The same relay team set the school record of 4:03.28 outdoors in 2003 and won the title at the MWC Championships.

The sprint medley relay team of Ebert, Slivinski, Sally Schonfeld and Kate Okenatez set the school record of 4:16.47 in 2000. The distance medley relay team of Ebert, Schonfeld, Moser and Katy Roll set the school record of 12:10.49 in 2002.

Ebert was part of an outstanding group of cross country runners and helped the Vikings to team titles at the 1999 and 2001 Midwest Conference Championships. The Vikings finished second in 2000 and took fourth in 2002.

Ebert earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lawrence. She has a master’s degree in professional development from Winona State University and a post-master’s school counseling certificate from UW-Whitewater. She is married to another Lawrence cross country and track standout, Peter Navis ’03, and they live in Fort Atkinson with their two children, Rachel and Michael.

Felice Porrata
Felice Porrata

Felice Porrata ’05

Felice Porrata quietly went about her business on the basketball court at Lawrence and emerged as one of the greatest players in school history.

Porrata’s competent consistency resulted in spectacular career numbers, and she was just the second player in Lawrence history to be a four-time All-Midwest Conference selection. The native of Glenview, Ill., joined Hall of Famer Jackie Huss as the only other four-time all-conference pick. Porrata was a first-team selection in 2004 and 2005 and a second-team pick in 2002 and 2003.

Porrata scored 1,186 career points, which ranked only behind Hall of Famer Sarah O’Neil when she graduated. Porrata averaged 12.8 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the floor. Porrata also ranks third with 645 career rebounds (6.9 average), and she is the only player in Lawrence history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Not only was Porrata one of the league’s top scorers during her career, she also was a fine defensive player. Porrata ranked second in Lawrence history with 241 steals when she graduated and was second with 54 blocks.

A team captain, Porrata led Lawrence to three appearances in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament during her four seasons. Lawrence made the tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

The Vikings reached the conference championship game in 2005 and finished second in the league. Lawrence’s 18 wins in 2004-05 tied for the highest win total in school history and still ranks second all-time.

Porrata also played one season of softball and emerged as a contributor for the Vikings. Porrata played as a senior in 2005 and started 16 games in the outfield. The Vikings went 9-4 in Midwest Conference play, won the league’s North Division and hosted the Midwest Conference Tournament on their way to a 17-win season.

Porrata, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, lives in Kansas City, Mo. She works as a freight broker at Efreightship.

More than 150 Lawrence student-athletes named to Academic All-MWC team

APPLETON, Wis. — More than 150 Lawrence University student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

Lawrence had 153 student-athletes meet the minimum grade point average of 3.33 during the 2014-15 academic year. The top team for the Vikings was women’s indoor track, which had 17 student-athletes honored. Other top performing teams were women’s cross country and women’s soccer with 13 selections apiece, women’s swimming and diving with 12 and men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track with 11 apiece.

A total of 1,859 student-athletes were selected across the conference, and that surpasses the total of 1,752 honored during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Sunday’s games wiped out by rain at Division III World Series

The entire slate of four games on Sunday (May 24) at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship was postponed due to rain. Play is tentatively set to resume at 9 a.m. on Monday (May 25) at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.

The Pool A elimination contest between Ramapo College (N.J.) (33-15) and Frostburg State University (Md.) (42-8) is scheduled to commence play on Monday at 9 a.m. The winner will play unbeaten State University of New York at Cortland (42-4) at 3 p.m.

The Pool B elimination game on Monday features Trinity University (Texas) (38-13) opposing Emory University (Ga.) (31-14) at 12 p.m. The winner plays unbeaten University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (35-13) at 6 p.m. in the last game of the day.

The championship concludes with games on Tuesday (May 26) and Wednesday (May 27).

More information can be found at ncaa.com.

Monday, May 25 Schedule
Game #9 – 9 a.m.
Frostburg State University (Md.) (42-8) vs. Ramapo College (N.J.) (33-15)
Game #10 – 12 p.m.
Emory University (Ga.) (31-14) vs. Trinity University (Texas) (38-13)
Game #11 – 3 p.m.
Winner of Game #9 vs. State University of New York at Cortland (42-4)
Game #12 – 6 p.m.
Winner of Game #10 vs. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (35-13)

Sunday, May 24 Results

All Games Postponed Due To Rain


Saturday, May 23 Results

Game #5
Ramapo College (N.J.) 14, Webster University (Mo.) 2
Game #6
State University of New York at Cortland 4, Frostburg State University (Md.) 1
Game #7

Trinity University (Texas) 9, Salisbury University (Md.) 1

Game #8
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 3, Emory University (Ga.) 2, (12 Innings)

Friday, May 22 Results

Game #1

Frostburg State University (Md.) 3, Ramapo College (N.J.) 1

Game #2

State University of New York at Cortland 12, Webster University (Mo.) 4

Game #3

Emory University (Ga.) 9, Trinity University (Texas) 7

Game #4

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 7, Salisbury University (Md.) 3

Gordon earns All-Central Region honors again

Jake Gordon
Jake Gordon

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball standout Jake Gordon has been named to the D3baseball.com All-Central Region team.

Gordon (Winnetka, Ill./North Shore Country Day), who was chosen for the all-region team for the second consecutive season, earned a spot on the third team.

A senior center fielder, Gordon hit a team-high .364 with 10 doubles, four triples, three homers, 29 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. Gordon, who hit .349, scored 13 runs and drove in 13 during 16 Midwest Conference games, also earned all-conference first-team honors for the second straight season.

Gordon overcame an injury in the final few games of the season to break Lawrence’s career hits record in his final plate appearance. Gordon’s final hit gave him 155 for his career, moving him past Andrew Wong, who had 154 hits from 2003-06.

Gordon had 14 multi-hit games despite being limited to just 33 games this season. Gordon had seven games in which he had three or more hits. An outstanding defensive outfielder, Gordon also picked up seven outfield assists and compiled a .989 fielding percentage.

A four-year starter in the outfield, Gordon is a career .338 hitter and finished with 27 doubles, eight triples, five homers, 92 runs scored and 59 RBIs.

This marks the second consecutive season and the third time in the past six seasons that Lawrence has had an all-region selection.

Baseball stars Gordon, Holliday named to All-MWC team

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball standouts Jake Gordon and Matthew Holliday have been named to the All-Midwest Conference team.

Gordon (Winnetka, Ill./North Shore Country Day) and Holliday (Hong Kong/International) were both chosen for the North Division first team.

Gordon, a senior center fielder, completed a stellar career with his second consecutive all-conference selection. Gordon, who also earned D3baseball.com All-Central Region honors in 2014, hit a team-high .364 with 10 doubles, four triples, three homers and 23 runs batted in.

Gordon overcame an injury in the final few games of the season to break Lawrence’s career hits record in his final plate appearance. Gordon’s final hit gave him 155 for his career, moving him past Andrew Wong, who had 154 hits from 2003-06.

Gordon was second on the team with a .349 batting average in Lawrence’s 16 conference games. He had seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 13 RBIs in league play.

Holliday, a freshman third baseman, made a huge impact on the Vikings during his rookie season. He was second on the team with a .355 batting average, a school-record 16 doubles, one homer and a team-best 35 RBIs. Holliday’s 16 doubles broke the record of 14 Wong set in 2005.

In addition to the doubles mark, Holliday also posted the highest total of hits (50) and RBIs (35) by a Lawrence freshman. In conference play, Holliday led the team with a .375 batting average and finished with seven doubles and 13 RBIs.

Holliday is just the fifth Lawrence freshman to be a first-team selection in the last 15 years. He joins shortstop Jeremy Tollefson (2000), pitcher Aaron Sorenson (2003), catcher Doug Coe (2004) and pitcher Aaron Leitner (2009).

Gordon breaks career hits record but Vikings fall to Carleton

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball standout Jake Gordon broke the school’s career hits record in his final at-bat Sunday as the Vikings dropped a nonconference doubleheader to Carleton College.

Gordon, a senior outfielder, was injured in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Knox College and was limited to designated hitter duty on Sunday. Gordon rapped a single to right in the sixth inning of the nightcap to pick up career hit No. 155. He broke the record of Andrew Wong, who had 154 hits from 2003-06.

Lawrence's Jake Gordon connects on record-breaking career hit No. 155 vs. Carleton on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium.
Lawrence’s Jake Gordon connects on record-breaking career hit No. 155 vs. Carleton on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium.

In a rare day/night doubleheader, Carleton won the opener 14-6 at Whiting Field. The Knights then took the nightcap 21-0 at Fox Cities Stadium.

In the opener, Carleton (15-23) scored in each of the first six innings to pull out to an 11-5 lead. Nolan Baker and Jack Atterberry both had four hits for the Knights.

Luke Curtis pitched the first five innings to pick up the win. Atley Gay started and took the loss for the Vikings (12-24).

Davis Ogilvie had a pair of hits, including a homer, and Matthew Holliday and Tim Kinsella also had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

In the nightcap, the Knights scored 10 times in the second inning and pulled away from there.

Hayden Tsutsui went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and four runs batted in for Carleton. Atterberry also had four hits for the Knights. Baker went the distance and allowed five hits to pick up the shutout.

Game one box score

Game two box score

Vikings sweep doubleheader from Knox

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University baseball team posted a walk-off win in the opener and then won a slugfest in the nightcap to sweep a nonconference doubleheader from Knox College on Saturday.

Lawrence won the first game 5-4 and took the second game 17-12 at Whiting Field.

In the opener, Knox scored twice in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 4-4. Davis Ogilvie came on in relief, struck out one batter in the eighth and then struck out the side in the ninth.

A walk and a fielder’s choice put Brandon Klar at first in the bottom of the ninth for the Vikings. After a strikeout, Zach Rabideau delivered a double to score Klar and give Lawrence the win.

Ogilvie picked up the win to improve to 2-2 on the season and went 3-for-4 and drove in a run.

Klar went 2-for-4 with a homer, scored four of Lawrence’s five runs and drove in a run. Luke Zablocki also had a pair of hits and an RBI for Lawrence.

In the nightcap, Lawrence rallied from an early four-run deficit and then rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh to get the win.

Travis Weber went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in and was a homer short of the cycle. Anthony Ortiz, Davis Ogilvie and Matthew Holliday all had two hits for the Vikings.

Ortiz and Ogilvie both belted three-run homers, and Holliday picked up his 15th double on the season to break Andrew Wong’s school record of 14.

Rabideau went 2.2 innings or relief to pick up his third win of the season. Kelton Jenkins pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his fourth save of the season, which ties the school’s season record Jim Petran set in 1979.

The Vikings trailed 5-1 and then scored five runs, all unearned, in the bottom of the third. The big hit in the inning was Ortiz’s three-run blast. Lawrence then took a 9-6 lead in the fourth with Weber delivering a run-scoring triple.

After giving up three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, the Vikings were down 11-6. Lawrence then scored six times in the seventh, with Holliday belting a two-run double and Ogilvie smacking a three-run homer for a 15-11 lead.

Lawrence added two more insurance runs in the eighth with the help of two doubles and two Knox errors. Jenkins then worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Game one box score

Game two box score

Rude tosses gem to down Vikings

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Adam Rude tossed a one-hit shutout to lead the UW-Oshkosh baseball team to a 7-0 nonconference victory over Lawrence University on Tuesday at Tiedemann Field.

The only hit allowed by Rude was an eighth-inning single from freshman Travis Weber. Rude struck out four, walked two and hit two batters.

The Titans (21-14) piled up 13 hits against six Lawrence (10-22) pitchers. John Eagan and Andy Brahier both had two hits and both drove in two runs for Oshkosh.

The Titans scored once in the first inning and added three more in the second to pull away. Oshkosh added three more insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the final margin.

Box score

Ripon takes pair from Vikings; Gordon ties career hits record

APPLETON, Wis. — The Ripon College baseball team held off Lawrence University in the opener on Sunday and then pulled away late to take game two in a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Whiting Field.

Ripon won the first game 5-4 and took the nightcap 14-3.

In the opener, Ripon (15-12, 10-2 MWC) built a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, but Lawrence rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Anthony Ortiz singled and Brandon Klar was hit by a pitch and both came home on Matthew Holliday’s two-run single.

Holliday went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for Lawrence (10-21, 2-14).

Ripon got a run back in the top of the sixth, but the Vikings battled back in the bottom of the eighth. Klar led off with a double and Jake Gordon followed with another double to score Klar and trim the lead to 5-3. Gordon later scored on Holliday’s ground out to cut the lead to 5-4.

Jeff Schuurmans got the final out of the eighth and then worked around a single in the ninth to pick up the save.

In the nightcap, Ripon scored nine runs in the final two innings to break the game open.

Lawrence led 1-0 after Holliday’s RBI double in the first, but Ripon struck for three runs in the third to take the lead.

The Red Hawks made it 4-1 in the top of the sixth, but Lawrence rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Tim Kinsella singled to start the rally, and Davis Ogilvie then reached on an error. Travis Weber singled to score Kinsella, and the Vikings later executed a double steal to score Ogilvie and trim the lead to 5-3.

Michael Polcyn hit a solo homer to give Ripon a 6-3 lead in the seventh. The Red Hawks then added three runs in the eighth, the big blow coming on Nick Uhen’s two-run homer. Uhen finished 4-for-5 with five runs batted in.

Ripon then scored six times in the ninth as Polcyn homered again, and Nick Kita and Uhen both had two-run doubles.

Holliday went 2-for-4 in the nightcap for Ripon. Gordon had a single in the fifth for the 154th hit of his career, which ties the school’s career record held by Andrew Wong.

Game one box score

Game two box score