St. Norbert Pushes Winning Streak to Five With Sweep of Lawrence

From Sports Information Director, April 14, 2009 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - St. Norbert College extended its winning streak to five games with a Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep by scores of 9-6 and 8-0 over Lawrence University at Whiting Field.

The Green Knights remained in first place in the MWC North Division at 5-1 in league play and 7-11 overall. The Vikings fell to 6-12, 1-3.

St. Norbert broke open game one with a five-run third inning. Kayla Krueger had an infield single to drive in Tracy Palmer. Kim Sawyer then had an RBI on an infield error, but two runs scored on the play. Jessica Kropp followed with a run-scoring single and Collette Ullmer also drove in a run with a base hit. The Green Knights strung together six hits in the inning. Kristin Zimmerman added a solo home run in the seventh inning, and Ullmer then had a two-run roundtripper later in the frame.

Five players had multi-hit games for the Green Knights, with Palmer, Brieanne Oehlke and Kropp each going 2-for-3. Zimmerman and Ullmer were both 2-for-4, with Ullmer finishing with three runs batted in.

Krueger got the win, allowing seven hits and four earned runs with one walk and three strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

Jessica Kropp and Kari Corbeille teamed up to toss a shutout in the nightcap. Kropp allowed three hits with five walks and five strikeouts in five innings, while Corbeille walked one and struck out one in one inning of work.

Alyssa McGray had an RBI single in the second, and Stephanie Ortiz scored on a throwing error in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead. The Green Knights then scored six times on seven hits in the sixth. Ortiz had an RBI double, with Krueger following with a single to drive in a run. Zimmerman had an RBI single, followed by an Oehlke RBI double and a two-run triple by Ullmer.

Oehlke was 3-for-3, while Zimmerman was 3-for-4. Ullmer and McGray were both 2-for-4, with Ullmer finishing with two runs batted in.