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St. Norbert's Season Ends With Loss to Concordia in NCAA Tournament

From Sports Information Director, May 8, 2009 | Softball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - St. Norbert College's run in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament was a short one as the Green Knights were eliminated in the Bloomington Regional by a 6-3 loss to Concordia (Wis.) University at Illinois Wesleyan Softball Field.

The Green Knights, who won the Midwest Conference championship for the second time in three years, finished the season 17-19.

St. Norbert fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but scored single runs in the top of the second and third to pull within 2-2. Brieanne Oehlke extended her school record with her nine home run of the year with a solo shot in the second. Kayle Krueger's RBI groundout in the third plated Tracy Palmer.

Concordia (25-22) scored twice in the third and once in the fourth for a 5-2 lead, but St. Norbert cut it to 5-3 in the sixth. Kristin Zimmerman's RBI groundout scored Stephanie Ortiz.

The Falcons got the run back in the sixth and the Green Knights went down in order in the seventh.

Danielle Burke twirled 4.1 innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win. Burke walked one and struck out six.

Kayla Krueger worked the first 3.1 innings and suffered the loss. Krueger allowed five hits with two walks and one strikeout. The Green Knights had five hits in the game, with no one recording a multi-hit game.