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Green Knights Open Season With Sweep of FDU-Florham

From Sports Information Director, March 14, 2015 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - St. Norbert College opened the 2015 season with a doubleheader sweep of Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham at the Lake Myrtle Complex. The Green Knights won the opener 4-3 in eight innings and then took the nightcap 9-0.

The Green Knights (2-0) won the opener when Troy Rottier opened the bottom of the eighth with a triple and Tyler Brown singled over a drawn-in infield to bring home the game-winning run.

St. Norbert took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when Brandon Kozinski scored Tyler Banovich and Rottier. The Green Knights added a run in the second on an RBI single from Banovich.

FDU-Florham tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Banovich, Rottier, Brown and Kozinski all had two hits apiece for the Green Knights. Nate Schadrie got the win, getting the last out of the top of the eighth on a strikeout. Starter Matt Freeman got a no-decision, working 7 2/3 innings allowing nine hits, one earned run, three walks and five strikeouts.

The Green Knights took control of the nightcap with one run in the second and a big five-run third. Eric Feldner drove in Brown in the second inning. St. Norbert opened the third inning with five straight hits, including an RBI double from Kozinski, an RBI single from Rottier, and RBI double from Brown. Rottier and Brown came around to score on RBI groundouts by Ray McDonald and Robbie Dombrowski.

Dombrowski drove in a run in the fifth, and the Green Knights got two runs in the seventh on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Spencer Larson.

Kozinski, Brown and Dombrowski all had two hits apiece for the Green Knights, while Dombrowski finished with two RBIs. Jake McMahon picked up the win, going five innings allowing four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Matt Zacharias and Brendan Herman each twirled a scoreless inning of relief.