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St. Norbert Moves to 3-0 at MWC Crossover

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 22, 2017 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

MAUSTON - St. Norbert College improved to 3-0 at the Midwest Conference Crossover after wins of 8-3 over Knox College and 9-2 over Illinois College at Woodside Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (19-8, 9-2 MWC) rallied from a 3-1 deficit after four innings to douse the Prairie Fire.

Knox scored one run in the third inning before the Green Knights tied the game in the fourth when Tyler Banovich scored on a wild pitch. The Prairie Fire pulled ahead in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Weitendorf stroked a two-run home run.

St. Norbert answered with three runs in the fifth inning, getting a run when Banovich walked with the bases loaded. Jacob Raedger and Sean Grant singled to put the Green Knights ahead 5-3.

St. Norbert added two runs in each of the last two innings. Derek Klegin doubled and Hunter Larson grounded out to drive in runs in the eighth, while Robbie Dombrowski had a two-run single in the ninth.

Jake McMahon earned the complete-game win, scattering eight hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

Klegin was 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Raeder, Dombrowski and Sean Ferraro all had two hits apiece.

Against Illinois College, St. Norbert scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take control. Raeder had an RBI single, while Dombrowski had a two-run single.

The Green Knights pushed ahead 6-0 in the third inning when two runs scored on a Ray McDonald single and error, while Jack Maastricht followed with a run-scoring double. St. Norbert got a run in the fourth inning when Griffin Jack's grounder plated Klegin.

The Blueboys scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but St. Norbert salted the game away with a sacrifice fly by Ferraro and an RBI single by Larson in the ninth inning.

Larson and McDonald were both 3-for-5, while Raeder was 2-for-3.

Blake Rutherford earned the win, allowing four hits and one run with three walks and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.