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Surge Continues as Green Knights Sweep Cornell

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 8, 2017 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College won for the eight time in its last nine games with an impressive doubleheader sweep of Cornell College by scores of 6-2 and 5-0 in Midwest Conference action at Miron Construction Field at Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (9-9, 7-1 MWC) held the potent Rams (12-7, 3-3), who were hitting .369 as a team entering the games, to just 11 hits in the twinbill.

St. Norbert fell behind 1-0 in the opener but immediately countered with a pair of runs in its half of the first inning. Leigh Grall doubled with two outs and Tia Danforth homered to put the Green Knights ahead.

St. Norbert would add four runs on six hits in a big fourth-inning uprising. Lexy Campshure doubled in Amanda Diedrich, followed by an Ashley Schuettpelz single to plate Campshure. Brianna Braeger and Randi Morack had RBI singles later in the inning for a 6-1 lead.

Cornell would score a single run in the sixth inning, but the Rams would get no closer.

Sydney Pfotenhauer got the win for St. Norbert, allowing six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Morack was 3-for-4, while Grall and Schuettpelz were both 2-for-3.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert and Cornell were locked in a scoreless stalemate until the Green Knights pushed across a single run in the fourth inning when Danforth scored on a wild pitch.

The Green Knights added four runs on four hits in the fifth inning to break the game open. Grall's RBI single scored Amy McBride. Diedrich then blasted a three-run home run to give St. Norbert a five-run cushion.

McBride was 2-for-2, while Danforth was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Emma Molenhouse got the win for the Green Knights, allowing five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.