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St. Norbert Splits On First Day of MWC Tournament

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, May 12, 2017 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

GRINNELL, Iowa - St. Norbert College opened the Midwest Conference Baseball Tournament by splitting its first two games. The Green Knights opened the tournament with a 9-3 win over Cornell College before dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to Beloit College in the winners' bracket.

St. Norbert (27-11) now must win three games Saturday to win the MWC championship. The Green Knights will open at 10 a.m. against Cornell College, with the winner needing to beat Beloit twice to steal the title.

Against Beloit, the Buccaneers pushed across the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ethan Conley singled with one out and was sacrificed to second base. Following a walk, Jalen Davis' single plated the winning run.

Beloit opened the scoring with a solo home run from Kam Sallee in the bottom of the fifth inning. St. Norbert scored in the top of the eighth when it loaded the bases with one out and Derek Klegin's sacrifice fly brought home Sean Grant.

Jason Malkowski took the hard-luck loss, allowing six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings pitched.

The Green Knights finished with six hits, with Tyler Banovich going 2-for-4.

Against Cornell, St. Norbert snapped a 3-3 tie with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Banovich opened the frame with a solo home run. Griffin Jack was hit by a pitch, Jacob Raeder walked and Robbie Dombrowski singled to load the bases. Jack scored on a wild pitch, Raeder scored on a Grant sacrifice fly, and Sean Ferraro then hit a two-run home run.

Cornell had opened the game with two runs in the top of the first before Hunter Larson's double scored Klegin to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cornell added a run in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, but the Rams committed an outfield error in the fourth inning to knot the game 3-3.

Larson was 4-for-5 to lead St. Norbert, which had 12 hits. Klegin was 2-for-5.

Jake McMahon got the win for St. Norbert, allowing five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings pitched.