St. Norbert Gets Series Sweep of Lawrence to End Regular Season

From Sports Information Director, May 4, 2014 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - St. Norbert College ended the regular season on a high-note with a four-game Midwest Conference series sweep of Lawrence University, getting the last two wins in the set with wins of 10-8 and 7-2 at Whiting Field.

St. Norbert (20-14, 10-6 MWC North) will face Grinnell College in a first-round Midwest Conference Tournament game on Friday at a time and location to be determined later this week.

The Green Knights won a bizarre opener that lasted 3 hours 22 minutes. St. Norbert collected just seven hits but took advantage of three Lawrence errors and drew 13 walks. St. Norbert jumped ahead with four runs on three hits in the third inning. Two runs scored on errant pickoff throws, while Derek Klegin had an RBI single and Travis Mason an RBI fielder's choice.

Lawrence scored single runs in the third and fourth before St. Norbert did the same in the fifth and sixth. Alex Larsen drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, and Cameron Jerina scored on a wild pitch for a 6-2 lead. The Vikings got one run back in the bottom of the sixth before St. Norbert scored four more in the top of the seventh.

Troy Rottier drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning, and three runs later came around to score on Lawrence wild pitches for a 10-3 lead. The Vikings scored twice each in the seventh and eighth innings, and one more in the ninth inning, but couldn't find the equalizer.

Mason got the win on the mound, going five innings while allowing five hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Klegin was 2-for-4 to post St. Norbert's lone multi-hit game.

The Green Knights banged out 15 hits in the nightcap. Larsen led off the top of the second with a solo home run, and Klegin squeezed in a run later in the frame for a 2-0 edge. Jerina had an RBI groundout in the fourth, and Klegin drove in another run with an infield single.

St. Norbert edged out to a 5-0 lead when Tyler Brown drove in Spencer Larson, who opened the inning with a triple. Lawrence got two runs in the eighth inning, but Rottier stroked an RBI double and came around to score on an error in the top of the ninth.

Brown led St. Norbert's offense, going 4-for-5. Larson was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, while Mason and Chad Ljunggren also had two hits apiece.

Brett Nohr improved to 5-3 on the season by working seven shutout innings, allowing three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.