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Green Knights Lock Up MWC Tournament Berth

From Sports Information Director, May 2, 2016 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - St. Norbert College clinched a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament for the 19th time in the last 22 seasons with an 11-6 win over Lawrence University in a Midwest Conference North Division game at Whiting Field.

The Green Knights (17-12, 10-6 MWC North) can still host the MWC Tournament on May 13-14 provided Beloit College and Ripon College split its four-game series this weekend, or Ripon wins three of the four games. It also marked the 13th consecutive season St. Norbert has won at least 10 MWC games.

St. Norbert took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Derek Klegin led off the inning with a single and then stole second. Tyler Banovich singled to give the Green Knights the lead.

The Green Knights then scored seven runs on four hits in the fourth inning to take an 8-0 lead. Banovich and Tyler Brown had RBI singles in the inning, while Klegin and Sean Grant both had sacrifice flies.

Lawrence scored four runs in the fifth inning to cut its deficit in half, but the Green Knights responded with three runs in the top of the sixth for an 11-4 lead. Adam Enwiya walked with the bases loaded and Grant had a two-run single to key the rally.

The Vikings would score single runs in the sixth and eighth innings for the game's final runs.

Klegin was 2-for-2 and Banovich 2-for-4 for the Green Knights, who had eight hits. Eric Feldner got the win in relief, allowing two hits and one run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.