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Late Rally Lifts Green Knights to Sweep of Knox

From Sports Information Director, April 24, 2016 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GALESBURG, Ill. - St. Norbert College got a last-ditch rally in the second game of its Midwest Conference doubleheader at Knox College to sweep the twinbill. The Green Knights won by scores of 20-1 and 9-7 at Knox Softball Field.

The Green Knights scored three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of the nightcap to turn a 7-6 deficit into a 9-7 lead. With a runner on first base and two outs, Amanda Van Handel singled. Amy McBride then walked to load the bases. Brooke Wilson then smashed a three-run double to clear the bases and give the Green Knights the lead.

Knox would put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning but couldn't push across the tying run.

St. Norbert would take a 2-1 lead in the second inning on back-to-back doubled by McBride and Wilson. Knox would answer with a six-run inning in the bottom of the frame to take a 7-2 lead, but the Green Knights would get four runs in the top of the third inning. Emily Laufer drove in a run on a double, while Van Handel hit a two-run home run. Neither team would score again until St. Norbert's seventh-inning rally.

Van Handel was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Wilson was 2-for-4 and four RBIs. Lexi LeCalsey picked up the win, throwing three innings of scoreless relief while allowing two hits with five strikeouts.

In the opener, St. Norbert scored every inning while pounding out 15 hits to cruise to the victory. LeCalsey threw a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

Van Handel had a two-run single and Wilson a two-run double in the first inning during a five-run St. Norbert rally. After scoring two runs in the second inning, Wilson opened the third inning with a solo home run. Laufer cranked a grand slam later in the inning to fuel a six-run frame.

Laufer had a two-run single in a four-run fourth inning and Tia Danforth had a three-run home run to account for all of St. Norbert's scoring in the fifth inning.

Danforth finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs. Laufer was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and six RBIs. Van Handel was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. McBride was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Wilson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Ashley Schuettpelz was 2-for-4 with four runs scored.