Runnin' Green Knights Sprint Past Carroll

From Sports Information Director, April 19, 2008 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College stole a school record 16 bases in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep of Carroll College, winning Midwest Conference games of 14-7 and 16-9 at Waukesha West High School.

The Green Knights were a perfect 16-for-16 on stolen bases in the second game to help key the win. The total is tied for the third-most in NCAA Division III history, and is also a Midwest Conference record.

Adam Frost stole four bases, Alex Byrne and Jordan Stauber three each, Cory Fuller and Bryan Stoppenbach two apiece and Mike Wallerich and Brett Birkholz one each.

St. Norbert, the home team in the doubleheader, jumped out to a 10-4 lead after three innings in the nightcap but the Pioneers cut it to 10-6 after their half of the fourth. The Green Knights scored in every inning but the sixth to gradually pull away.

Tony Jandron had a two-run single in the first inning, while Frost and Fuller each homered in the second. Birkholz, Frost and Byrne all had RBI hits in the third inning.

Stoppenbach was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three walks in the nightcap. Frost was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Byrne, Jandron, Stauber and Birkholz also had two hits apiece for the Green Knights, who had 19 hits.

Justin Wotachek worked 5 1/3 innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. He allowed five hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

In the opener, St. Norbert scored in all but two of the eight innings it batted to score a win in the opener. The Green Knights staked themselves to a 10-4 lead after five innings.

Byrne had a two-run single in the fourth for St. Norbert, while Frost had a two-run double in the seventh.

Yost was 3-for-4 in the opener, while Byrne and Jandron had two hits apiece.

Jake Gasser improved to 4-1 on the season, working 7 2/3 innings. He allowed 13 hits with one walk and one strikeout.

St. Norbert was 4-for-5 on stolen bases in the opener, giving the Green Knights a 20-for-21 showing on the basepaths in the doubleheader.