Wild Rally Caps Off 7-2 Florida Trip for St. Norbert

From Sports Information Director, March 16, 2013 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - St. Norbert College was two outs away from having to endure a 20-plus hour bus ride with a loss, but a 15-run rally led the Green Knights to a 17-10 getaway day win over Albion College.

The Green Knights (7-2) had one out and nobody on in the top of the ninth before the next 14 batters reached base safely to stun the Britons (2-6). St. Norbert scored its 15 runs on eight hits, six walks and two Albion errors to erase an 8-2 deficit. The 15-run inning is believed to be a St. Norbert record.

Travis Mason's two-run triple cut the deficit to 8-4, and Nick Pierre drove Mason home with a double. An infield error plated Pierre to make it 8-6, and Chad Ljunggren then collected a bunt single. Nick Dagneau singled, and Carlos Rodriguez reached on an infield error to knot the score at 8-8. Troy Rottier drew a bases-loaded walk to give St. Norbert the lead, and Jose Godinez drew another bases-loaded walk for a 10-8 lead.

Mason drew another bases-loaded walk to make it 11-8, and Nick Pierre's single drove in Rottier for a 12-8 lead. Alex Larsen's two-run single broke the game open at 14-8. Ljunggren had an RBI single and Kevin Wilson a two-run single to finish the huge rally.

Pierre and Ljunggren were both 3-for-6. Godinez and Mason were both 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Kyle Mahlik earned the win with four innings of relief, allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts.

On Friday, St. Norbert swept Husson University 6-1 and 8-3.

In the opener, Josh Honzik worked six scoreless innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Larsen was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Rottier was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Green Knights banged out 10 hits in the nightcap. Dagneau was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, and Larsen was 2-for-2. Rottier and Ljunggren both had two hits, and Byran Thiessenhusen had a three-run double in the third inning. Brett Nohr picked up the win in six innings of work, allowing six hits with two earned runs and three strikeouts.