Josh Oswald slides into home plate safely in the second inning of Ripon’s 6-4 win over Lawrence in game one.
Josh Oswald slides into home plate safely in the second inning of Ripon’s 6-4 win over Lawrence in game one.

   After squandering a four-run lead and dropping the second game of a four-game series with Lawrence, the Ripon College baseball team bounced back in a big way Sunday.

   The Red Hawks defeated the host Vikings 14-4 and 16-2 in Appleton, both in seven innings, to take three of the four games.

   They also won the first game, 6-4, last week Saturday in Ripon.

   “Losing that [second] game was tough because I feel we didn’t get beat; we lost,” Ripon head coach Eric Cruise said. “So it was nice to come out [Sunday] and respond and build [on] what we’re trying to do to get some confidence in these young guys because it’s been a struggle. It was good to do that.”

    One of the reasons the Red Hawks were able to bounce back was the play of their offense.

   They scored 30 runs in the final two games on 30 hits, which included a pair of nine-run innings.

   The first of the two big frames Sunday came in the sixth inning of the opening game to help Ripon break open what was a 4-all tie.

   It also scored nine runs in the third inning of the second game of the doubleheader, and fourth game of series, to take a 15-2 advantage.

Read the full story, which includes more information on the games against Lawrence, as well as a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.