St. Norbert Pushes Victory Skein to Seven With Carroll Sweep

From Sports Information Director, April 22, 2012 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College won its seventh consecutive game with a Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Carroll University by scores of 11-3 and 9-7 at Frame Park.

The Green Knights (15-10, 6-2 MWC) currently lead the MWC North Division by one game over Ripon College. St. Norbert's winning streak is its best since a nine-game string in 2010.

St. Norbert methodically pulled away in the opener after initially trailing in the early going. The Green Knights erased a 2-1 deficit with a four-run third inning. Matt Hannon had an RBI groundout, and Travis Mason followed with a two-run home run. Chris Hillesheim added an RBI single in the inning.

The Green Knights added a run in the sixth, and got two more in the seventh to lead 8-3. Chad Ljunggren's two-run single in the ninth keyed a three-run inning.

Garrick Fisher was 3-for-5, while Mason, Ljunggren, Chris Laux and Chris Hillesheim all head two hits apiece. Ljunggren had three RBIs.

Mason worked the first five innings to get the win, allowing two hits. Nathan Schadrie and Garrett Moody combined to allow just two hits in the final four innings.

St. Norbert had to survive several tense moments in the nightcap, and also left 16 runners on base. The Pioneers scored four runs in the bottom of the first on four hits, and the home team left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings.

The Green Knights scored once in the second, twice in the fourth and twice more in the fifth. Fisher's RBi single in the sixth made it 6-4. Carroll answered with a run in the seventh and the Green Knights tallied one in the eighth, but the Pioneers tied it at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth.

Mason and Laux had RBI singles in the top of the ninth for the game's final runs. Fisher, Laux, Ljunggren, Hannon and Jordan Powers all had two hits in the game.

Schadrie got the win in relief, while Kevin Nutley worked a 1-2-3 ninth to get his first save of the year.