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St. Norbert Splits With UMass-Dartmouth

From Sports Information Director, March 13, 2017 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - St. Norbert College split a pair of games for the second consecutive day on its Florida trip when it defeated UMass-Dartmouth 10-6 before dropping the nightcap 8-5.

The second game reverted back to six innings due to rain following a 9-9 score with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning after the field became unplayable.

St. Norbert won the opener despite having just three hits. The Green Knights took advantage of the Corsairs' defensive largesse, which included six wild pitches, six hit batsmen and five walks.

The Green Knights led 3-0 after the first inning when Derek Klegin, Tyler Banovich and Sean Grant all scored on wild pitches. UMass-Dartmouth led 4-3 after three innings, powered by a three-run home run by Mac Curran in the third innign.

St. Norbert answered with two runs in the fourth inning, with Hunter Larson driving in a run on a groundout and Andy Peterik scoring on a passed ball. The Green Knights salted the game away with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Banovich's two-run single.

Jason Malkowski earned the win with six innings of work, allowing seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert rallied with four runs after two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-8 lead. But deteriorating field conditions allowed the Corsairs to tie the game at 9-9 before it was eventually stopped and reverted back to the last complete inning.

The Green Knights scored two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Nathan Jack. UMass-Dartmouth scored three runs in the second before St. Norbert tied the game 3-3 in the fourth inning.

The Corsairs scored two in their half of the fourth inning before St. Norbert retied the game 5-5 in the top of the fifth on Derek Klegin's two-run single. UMass-Dartmouth would pull away with three runs in its half of the fifth.

Larson and Grant were both 2-for-4 for St. Norbert. Blake Rutherford took the loss allowing seven hits and seven runs in four-plus innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.