Green Knights Finish 3-2 at MWC Classic

From Sports Information Director, April 19, 2009 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

JANESVILLE - The St. Norbert College softball team won its last two games at the Midwest Conference Classic to finish the weekend 3-2 against the league's South Division teams.

St. Norbert beat Grinnell College 4-1 and Monmouth College 17-5 on Sunday. The Green Knights opened the weekend with a 16-2 win over Knox College before dropping scores of 9-0 to Lake Forest College and 5-4 to Illinois College.

The Green Knights rallied from a 5-3 deficit against Monmouth with 14 runs in the seventh inning, the most runs ever scored in the seventh inning in a NCAA Division III softball game. St. Norbert pounded out 12 hits in the inning and had 16 consecutive hitters reach base. Jessica Kropp tied the game with a two-run single. Alyssa McGray then put St. Norbert ahead 6-5 with an RBI single, followed by a two-run triple by Stephanie Ortiz. Kayla Krueger then had a run-scoring single and Kim Sawyer a two-run double. Brieanne Oehlke then stroked a two-run triple and Kropp again had a two-run single. Ortiz had a two-run single and Kristin Zimmerman had an RBI groundout to finish the scoring.

Oehlke was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three runs batted in, while Krueger was 3-for-6. Ortiz was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. Kropp was 2-for-3 with four runs batted in, while McGray was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. St. Norbert had 19 hits in the game. Krueger got the win, allowing eight hits and five runs with one walk and two strikeouts.

Kropp fired a five-hitter with one walk and two strikeouts to get the win against Grinnell. St. Norbert scored one run in the first and fourth innings and two runs in the third against the Pioneers. Krueger had an RBI single in the first, Zimmerman and Sawyer run-scoring singles in the third and McGray and RBI groundout in the fourth. Krueger, Zimmerman and Sawyer were all 2-for-3 with one run batted in.

Against Knox, St. Norbert had 19 hits to pull away and win handily. Tracy Palmer had a two-run single in the second. Oehlke had a two-run home run in the third and Collette Ullmer a solo home run in the third. Ortiz had a two-run single in the fourth and McGray a two-run triple in the fifth.

McGray was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three runs batted in. Kropp was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Sawyer was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Ortiz was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Krueger picked up the win with a four-hitter, striking out four with no walks.