Green Knights Get Hard-Fought Sweep at Beloit

From Sports Information Director, April 19, 2014 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

BELOIT - St. Norbert College climbed back into the thick of the Midwest Conference Baseball Tournament race with two much-needed wins over Beloit College in a doubleheader battle at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium. The Green Knights won the opener 4-0 before pulling away late in the nightcap to win 10-4.

The Green Knights (13-10, 4-4 MWC North) moved into a tie for second place in the MWC North Division with the two wins, drawing even with Beloit (12-11, 3-3). Carroll University is in fourth one-half game back at 3-4.

St. Norbert's Jake McMahon outdueled Beloit ace Ryan Kaveney in the opener. McMahon went eight innings to get the win, allowing six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Kaveney went 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while walking one and matching a Beloit record with 14 strikeouts.

The Green Knights took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an Alex Larsen solo home run. St. Norbert scored twice in the eighth on a rally ignited by four consecutive bunts. Cameron Jerina and Derek Klegin led off the inning with bunt singled. Troy Rottier moved them over with a sacrifice, and Chad Ljunggren squeezed in Jerina. Travis Mason followed with an RBI single to right to score Klegin.

St. Norbert scored its final run in the ninth when Nick Pierre walked with one out, and stole second and third. He scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Larsen went 2-for-4 to have the only multi-hit game for the Green Knights, who had six hits.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert scored seven runs in the last three innings to snap a 3-3 tie. Mason had an RBI groundout and Larsen an RBI single in the seventh to give the Green Knights a 5-3 lead. St. Norbert scored four times in the eighth inning, keyed by a three-run home run from Mason. Adam Enwiya added a solo home run in the ninth inning.

St. Norbert scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Jose Godinez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Larsen followed with a two-run single.

The Green Knights finished with 18 hits. Ljunggren was 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Klegin and Larsen were both 3-for-5, while Larsen had three RBIs. Enwiya, Mason and Troy Rottier all had two hits apiece.

Brett Nohr worked the first seven innings to get the win for the Green Knights, scattering nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.