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Softball Splits on Opening Day in Florida

From Sports Information Director, March 16, 2015 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - St. Norbert College fashioned a split on the first day of the 2015 season while playing in the Rebel Games. The Green Knights won the opener 6-3 over Centenary (N.J.) College before dropping the nightcap 8-0 to Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Green Knights snapped a 3-3 tie in the opener with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Jordan Schillinger drew a walk to start the inning. Jessica DeMeuse followed with a bunt single. Schillinger attempted to go to third base, and with the left fielder covering the threw went wide into the left field corner as both Schillinger and DeMeuse scored. With one out Codi Jenshak tripled and Leigh Grall drove her in with a sacrifice fly.

Emily Laufer's single drove in Samantha Gross in the second inning for a 1-0 lead, but Centenary scored two runs in the second and one run in the third. The Green Knights countered with one run in the fourth when Laufer scored MacKenzie Hazen on an RBI single, and another single run in the fifth when Jenshak drove in DeMeuse on a single.

Morgan Rusch pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Jenshak was 3-for-3, while Laufer and DeMeuse were both 2-for-3.

St. Norbert was held to two hits in the nightcap by Eastern Connecticut State's Samantha Valentine, who did not walk or strikeout a batter. Haley Grunwald took the loss for St. Norbert, allowing six runs in four innings.