Green Knights Get Back on Track With Sweep of Knox

From Sports Information Director, April 6, 2008 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GALESBURG, Ill. - The St. Norbert College offense broke out after a tough go the previous day, posting a 14-0, 16-4 doubleheader sweep over Knox College at Blodgett Field.

Despite St. Norbert and Knox both being in the Midwest Conference, the two games were non-conference matchups. It was the first meeting between the Green Knights and Prairie Fire on the baseball diamond since 1999.

The Green Knights mustered just 10 hits against UW-Stevens Point the day before, but ended up with 30 total in 71 at bats against the Prairie Fire.

St. Norbert, which had 17 hits in the opener, scored in six of seven innings in the opener. Mike Wallerich drilled a two-run home run in the first inning, and Adam Frost had a two-run single in the second for a quick 4-0 lead. Wallerich hit a solo home run to lead off the third, and Kyle Johnsen followed with a two-run double later in the inning for a 7-0 advantage.

The Green Knights added four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Jared Yost hit his first collegiate home run with a two-run blast in the sixth, while Jeremy Gezella had an RBI double and Jeff Schneider a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Wallerich was 2-for-3, Cory Fuller 3-for-4, Yost 3-for-4, Johnsen 2-for-4 and Tony Jandron 2-for-4. Wallerich had a team-high three RBIs.

Jake Gasser spun a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits with five strikeouts. He did not walk a batter.

St. Norbert continued the onslaught in the nightcap, leading 5-0 after two innings. Knox cut it to 6-2 after four innings but the Green Knights scored four times in the fifth and six times in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Frost led off the game with a home run, and Jandron doubled in Alex Byrne later in the inning. Jandron had a two-run single in the second inning. Brett Birkholz hit a solo home run in the fourth, and Frost added a two-run double in the fifth. Johnson had a two-run single and Frost a two-run single for the big hits in the sixth.

Frost was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Jandron was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Johnson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Birkholz was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Trevin Hillesheim worked five innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Hillesheim allowed five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.