Green Knights Finish Off Series Sweep of Pioneers

From Sports Information Director, April 7, 2013 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College completed a four-game Midwest Conference North Division series sweep of Carroll University with wins of 9-5 and 3-0 at Frame Park.

The Green Knights (12-5, 4-0 MWC) played both games as the home team, as Sunday's doubleheader originally scheduled for De Pere was moved to Carroll due to wet conditions at Mel Nicks Field.

St. Norbert fell behind 5-0 after the top of the first inning when Carroll strung together seven hits off Green Knights' starter Matt Freeman. The Pioneers only mustered two hits the rest of the game as Freeman walked two and struck out eight to get the complete-game win.

The Green Knights extended their opponents' scoreless streak to 17 innings in the nightcap when Brett Nohr fashioned his first collegiate shutout. Nohr yielded four hits to the Pioneers, and walked just one while striking out six.

In the opener, St. Norbert promptly rallied with two runs in its half of the first and three more in the second to knot the game at 5-5. Nick Pierre had a two-run single in the first inning. Troy Rottier had a run-scoring single and Travis Mason followed with a two-run single in the second inning.

Brandon Kozinski had an RBI double in the fifth inning to put the Green Knights ahead 6-5, and Pierre had an RBI single in the sixth. The Green Knights picked up two unearned runs in the seventh.

Carlos Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while Rottier, Mason and Pierre all had two hits apiece.

The nightcap saw Nohr locked in a pitchers' duel with Carroll's Ty Neuschaefer. Neither team scored until Alex Larsen connected with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chad Ljunggren and Pierre then had run-scoring singles in the eighth inning to give the Green Knights a pair of insurance runs.

St. Norbert had four hits in the nightcap, with only Larsen's circuit clout the only extra-base hit.