Green Knights Sweep Doubleheader at Beloit to Remain in First Place in MWC North

From Sports Information Director, May 2, 2010 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

BELOIT - St. Norbert College swept a doubleheader from Beloit College to stay in first place in the Midwest Conference North Division with wins of 4-2 and 7-4 at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium.

St. Norbert (17-10, 7-3 MWC), which dropped the end of Thursday's suspended game to Beloit 12-11 prior to the twinbill, now leads Ripon by one game in the loss column with six games left. Beloit (21-12, 9-7 MWC) will likely miss the MWC Tournament after winning the league championship last season.

The Green Knights got off to a 3-0 lead in the third inning of the opener. Matt Hannon's two-run double opened the scoring. Jared Yost's sacrifice fly then plated Hannon.

Beloit scored once in the fourth to cut it to 3-1 but the Green Knights answered in the sixth. Garrick Fisher doubled, and Ryan Way sacrificed him to second. Ryan Kehl's RBI groundout to second then scored Fisher. The Buccaneers scored once in the seventh, but only got two baserunners in the last two two innings.

Fisher and Hannon each were 2-for-4, with Hannon driving in two. Trevin Hillesheim allowed two hits with two strikeouts in working six-plus innings. Tony Jandron allowed two hits in three innings of relief to earn his third save of the year. Beloit had just four hits in the game.

St. Norbert rallied in the nightcap from a 2-0 deficit, scoring single runs from the fourth through seventh innings before heading into the ninth tied at 4-4. The Green Knights plated three runs in the top of the ninth to pick up the win.

Tony Fedoruk opened the ninth with a walk, and Jordan Powers beat out a bunt for a hit. After Fedoruk was cut down on Hannon's bunt, Jandron struck out. But Yost delivered with a two-out, two-run double for a 6-4 lead. Fisher then singled to score Yost.

St. Norbert pounded out 12 hits in the game. Fisher was 3-for-5 and also hit a solo home run in the fourth. Powers, Jandron and Yost each had two hits, with Yost netting three RBIs.

Bryan Stoppenbach started and got a no-decision, allowing 10 hits with four runs and three walks and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Jandron got the win in relief, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.

In the completion of the suspended game, Beloit scored four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 12-5 lead. St. Norbert answered wtih two runs in the eighth and four in the bottom of the ninth but came up just short. Fisher and Kehl each had three hits in the game for the Green Knights.