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Big Rally Lifts St. Norbert to Sweep of Ripon

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

DE PERE - St. Norbert College erased an eight-run first-inning deficit in the opener and went on to sweep Ripon College by scores of 11-10 and 11-1 in Midwest Conference North Division doubleheader at Van Alstine Field at Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

St. Norbert (13-5, 5-1 MWC North) had to come back from Ripon's big opening inning, when it collected eight runs on eight hits, a hit batsman and a walk.

The Green Knights didn't take long to mount their rally, scoring seven runs on six hits and one Ripon error in the bottom of the second inning. Sean Ferraro got the Green Knights on the board with an RBI single. Derek Klegin then smacked a two-run double. Following a walk, Tyler Banovich and Griffin Jack both singled to cut the deficit to 8-5. Two hitters later, Jason Malkowski singled to score two runs and bring the Green Knights to within 8-7.

St. Norbert would tie the game 8-8 in the third inning on Hunter Larson's RBI single. Ripon would take the lead at 9-8 in the fifth inning, but Jacob Raedger's two-run double in the bottom of the inning put St. Norbert ahead 10-9. Ripon would tie the score at 10-10 on a solo home run by Nick Taranto in the seventh inning.

The Green Knights would get a walk-off win in the ninth inning. Ferraro led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Klegin. Larson's grounder to second moved Ferraro to third for Banovich, who's smash up the middle brought home the winning run.

St. Norbert pounded out 16 hits. Ferraro was 3-for-3, while Klegin was 3-for-5. Banovich, Jack, Malkowski and Raeder all had two hits apiece.

Nick Klavekoske got the win with two innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts. Carson Jacques turned in a yeoman long-relief effort, working 6 2/3 innings allowing seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Green Knights were in complete control and scored in every inning in the mercy-rule shortened contest.

Klegin led off the game with a home run, while Sean Grant's RBI single scored Banovich later in the frame. The Green Knights scored in the second on Klegin's sacrifice fly and in the third inning on a run-scoring single by Raeder.

St. Norbert broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning, with Banovich recording an RBI single and run-scoring doubled from Jack and Grant. The Green Knights made it 8-0 in the fifth on Klegin's RBI single. St. Norbert then turned the game into a rout with three runs in the sixth inning on a home run by Jack, an RBI single by Ray McDonald and an RBI grounder from Robbie Dombrowski.

The Green Knights registered 14 hits. Jack was 3for-3 with three runs scored, while Grant was 3-for-4. Klegin and Banovich were both 2-for-4.

Blake Rutherford picked up the win, allowing five hits in five innings with four strikeouts. Eric Feldner worked the last two innings, allowing three hits with two strikeouts.