St. Norbert Plunders Vikings Over Two-Day Stretch

From Sports Information Director, April 22, 2013 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - It took two days to complete, but St. Norbert College finished its Midwest Conference series with Lawrence University with a sweep of two games at Whiting Field.

The Green Knights (18-7, 7-1 MWC) opened Sunday with the first six innings of an 11-0 win. The game was completed Monday after the game was suspended due to persistent snow showers in Appleton on Sunday. St. Norbert played the final inning of the opener and then completed the sweep with a 6-2 triumph in the nightcap.

St. Norbert wasted little time building a lead in the opener, jumping out to a 7-0 edge after two innings. The Green Knights got three runs on one hit in the first inning, with runs scoring on a sacrifice fly, passed ball and wild pitch. Chad Ljunggren and Nick Pierre then each had two-run singles in a four-run fourth inning. Travis Mason clubbed a two-run home run in the fifth for the Green Knights.

Kyle Mahlik worked the first six innings, allowing one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. Mason was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Jose Godinez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Ljunggren also scored three runs.

St. Norbert received another quality start from Brett Nohr in the nightcap, who moved into a share of the team lead for wins with Mahlik at four. The freshman southpaw pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs in the eighth inning. He struck out three while allowing five hits and did not walk a batter.

Alex Larsen stroked a three-run home run in the second inning, and followed with a solo shot in the fourth. After the Vikings halved their deficit to 4-2 in the eighth, St. Norbert scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win.

Pierre finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Larsen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Mason was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The trio accounted for seven of St. Norbert's nine hits in the game.