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Green Knights Get Crucial Sweep of Carroll to Open Series

From Sports Information Director, April 25, 2015 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College began a crucial four-game Midwest Conference North Division series with Carroll University by earning a doubleheader sweep on the road by scores of 10-0 and 9-1 at Frame Park.

The Green Knights (15-15, 7-3 MWC) used big innings in both games to pull away from the Pioneers (13-17, 6-4 MWC) while also getting dominating pitching performances from Matt Freeman and Jake McMahon.

St. Norbert scored four runs in the third inning of the opener on two hits and three Carroll errors. Brandon Kozinski's RBI double scored the first run driving home Ray McDonald, who walked with one out. Derek Klegin, Kozinski and Troy Rottier all scored on infield errors with two outs to finish off the rally.

The Green Knights scored five runs on five hits the next inning. Jason Malkowski brought home the first run on a sacrifice fly. Kozinski then drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Rottier socked a three-run home run for a 9-0 edge. St. Norbert scored the final run in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Spencer Larson.

Larson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Klegin was 2-for-5. Freeman allowed just five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in the eight-inning game.

St. Norbert wasted little time in the nightcap, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning. Klegin led off the game with a home run. Tyler Brown stroked an RBI double to plate Rottier. Tyler Banovich then scored on an outfield error. McDonald then cranked a grand slam to put the Green Knights well ahead.

The Pioneers scored their only run with an unearned tally in the fourth inning. St. Norbert would score the game's last runs with two runs in the fifth inning. Larson scored on an error, and Klegin's RBI double brought home Sean Grant.

Klegin finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Brown was 2-for-4. McMahon went the first eight innings, allowing eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts.