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St. Norbert Rallies to Sweep Monmouth

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 23, 2017 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MONMOUTH, Ill. - St. Norbert College had a huge rally in the opener and went on to sweep Monmouth College 6-4 and 6-1 in a Midwest Conference doubleheader.

The Green Knights (15-13, 13-3 MWC) are tied in the loss column in the MWC standings with Illinois College and Cornell College with two games remaining. St. Norbert can clinch at least a share of its first MWC title since 2012 with a sweep of Grinnell College Saturday in Janesville.

St. Norbert found itself trailing in the opener 2-0 after six innings before fashioning a six-run uprising in the top of the seventh inning. The Green Knights got the rally started when Lexy Campshure doubled in Tia Danforth. With two out, St. Norbert plated five runs. Maria Reiter scored on Sydney Pfotenhauer's fielder's choice to tie the game. After an error and walk, Randi Morack stroked a grand slam to cap the rally.

Monmouth would score two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and left the bases loaded to end the game.

Morack, Campshure and Brianna Braeger all finished 2-for-3. Campshure had a pair of doubles.

Pfotenhauer earned the win, allowing 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Emma Molenhouse got the save by getting the last two outs.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert rode the momentum into a four-run first inning to take control.

Danforth had an RBI double, followed by Leigh Grall scoring on a wild pitch. Campshure then had a run-scoring single. Campshure came around later in the inning to score on an error for a 4-0 led.

Morack had an RBI single in the third inning and Carley Frauenhoff an RBI single in the fourth inning to put St. Norbert ahead 6-0. Monmouth would score its only run in the fifth inning.

Molenhouse pitched a complete game, allowing six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Danforth was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Morack and Frauenhoff were both 2-for-4. Amanda Diedrich was 2-for-3.