Green Knights Bust Out in Sweep of Concordia

From Sports Information Director, April 13, 2011 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College needed almost a full week to finish a doubleheader sweep of Concordia University Wisconsin but picked up a pair of wins by 22-5 and 7-6 scores at Mel Nicks Field.

Game one was suspended due to fog in the top of the sixth inning on April 7 in Mequon, with the Green Knights holding a 13-5 lead and one out. The game resumed at that point at St. Norbert, with the Green Knights earning the two wins.

St. Norbert (6-8) scored in every inning in the opener, pounding out an astounding 25 hits. Ryan Kehl and Matt Hannon had two-run singles in a seven-run first inning, while Kehl and Nick Pierre had two-run doubles in a six-run seventh.

Chad Ljunggren was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Garrick Fisher, Jared Yost and Chris Hillesheim were all 4-for-5. Fisher and Yost each scored four runs. Kehl was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs.

Bryan Stoppenbach picked up the complete-game win, allowing six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

St. Norbert had to rally to secure the nightcap, scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 6-4 deficit. Rob Berger's RBI groundout cut it to 6-5, and Jordan Powers' single tied the game. Matt Hannon's sacrifice fly to center field plated Kyle Johnsen with the eventual winning run.

Concordia had the leadoff hitter reach and move up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Mahlik and Ljunggren deftly executed a pickoff at second to cut down the runner and all but seal the win.

St. Norbert had 10 hits. Powers was 3-for-4 to raise his season average to .600, while Hannon was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Mahlik picked up the win and is now 3-0 on the year, working the last two innings and allowing one hits with one walk and one strikeout.