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St. Norbert Splits With Beloit

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 1, 2017 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College opened Midwest Conference North Division play with a split against Beloit College at Larry Van Alstine Field at the Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (9-5, 1-1 MWC North) won the opener 13-7 before dropping the nightcap 9-1.

St. Norbert got things going early in the opener when Tyler Banovich's grounder scored Derek Klegin. Two hitters latter Griffin Jack drilled a grand slam to give the Green Knights a 5-0 lead just five hitters into the game.

Beloit would creep back with a single run in the third and two runs in the fourth, but St. Norbert would counter with three runs in the fifth inning. Jack had an RBI double to score Banovich. Jacob Raeder's RBI double scored Jack, while Robbie Dombrowski's single brought around Raeder for an 8-3 lead.

The Buccaneers would score four times in the sixth inning on six hits and left the potential tying run on third base. St. Norbert would get two runs back in its half of the inning on an RBI triple by Banovich and a Sean Grant sacrifice fly for a 10-7 edge.

St. Norbert scored three insurance runs in the eighth inning. Raeder was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and two runs came around to score on a dropped catch on a shallow fly ball to right field.

St. Norbert had 15 hits, with Jack going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. Hunter Larson was 3-for-5, while Grant was 2-for-4. Sean Ferraro was also 2-for-4, while Banovich scored three runs.

Jake McMahon improved to 4-0 by going 5 2/3 innings, allowing 13 hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Carson Jacques worked a scoreless 3 1/3 innings of relief allowing just three hits with one strikeout for his first save of the season.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert would score a run in the first inning when Larson doubled with one out and promptly stole third. Two hitters later Grant flied out to bring Larson home on a sacrifice fly, but that's all St. Norbert would score.

The Green Knights held a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning until the Buccaneers erupted for seven runs in the top of the stanza. Beloit then added two more runs in the eighth inning.

St. Norbert had eight hits, with Jack going 2-for-4.

Blake Rutherford took the loss for the Green Knights, allowing six hits and six runs in six-plus innings of work.