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St. Norbert Finishes Series Sweep of Lawrence

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, May 6, 2017 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College closed out the Midwest Conference North Division play with a sweep of Lawrence University, winning by scores of 7-2 and 10-7 at Van Alstine Field at Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (26-8, 15-2 MWC North) set a school record for regular season wins with the sweep. St. Norbert is one win shy of tying the school record for wins of 27, set in 2012 and 2013.

St. Norbert trailed 2-0 in the opener when Lawrence scored two runs in the fourth inning. The Green Knights answered with five runs in the fifth inning. Griffin Jack had a two-run double for the big hit in the inning.

The Green Knights added two runs in the seventh inning on a Jack solo home run and a bases-loaded walk by Hunter Larson.

Jack finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Derek Klegin was 3-for-5, while Ray McDonald was 2-for-3.

Carson Jacques worked eight innings for the win, allowing four hits with no earned runs. He walked one and struck out nine.

In the nightcap, Larson had a sacrifice fly and Jack an RBI single in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Larson added an RBI double in the second inning as the Green Knights scored twice to lead 4-0.

Lawrence scored once in the third inning but St. Norbert got the run back on a Sean Grant single. The Vikings cut the deficit to 5-2 with a run in the top of the fifth, but Klegin smacked a three-run double in the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 edge.

The Vikings rallied with four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh, leaving the bases loaded. St. Norbert got two of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when two runs scored on a single by Klegin along with an outfield error. Lawrence would get a single run in the eighth inning.

Klegin went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Jack was also 3-for-5. Jacob Schneider was 2-for-3, while Grant and Tyler Banovich were both 2-for-5.

Blake Rutherford got the win, allowing 11 hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched.