Late Rally Lifts St. Norbert Past Lawrence to Fifth MWC North Division Title in Six Years

From Sports Information Director, May 9, 2010 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GRAND CHUTE - St. Norbert College needed to score six runs in the last four innings of the nightcap in order to sweep Lawrence University by scores of 15-7 and 8-6 in a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Fox Cities Stadium.

The Green Knights, who have won their last eight games, finished the regular season at 23-10 and 13-3 in the MWC North. The pair of wins gave St. Norbert the outright MWC North Division title, its fifth such championship in the last six years. St. Norbert will face Illinois College in a first-round MWC Tournament game Friday at Grinnell College.

St. Norbert found itself trailing 6-2 through five innings in the nightcap, but slowly began to chip away at the deficit. Jared Yost cranked a booming two-run home run to left in the sixth inning. Yost then had a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Matt Hannon scored later in the inning on a failed pickoff attempt to tie the game at 6-6.

St. Norbert scored twice in the top of the ninth. Jordan Powers scampered home on a passed ball, and Garrick Fisher's sacrifice fly plated Jandron for the pair of runs.

Lawrence had a chance to break the game open, but went scoreless in the sixth and eighth innings despite leaving the bases loaded in both frames.

David Schneider picked up the win in relief, working two scoreless innings with three hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Ryan Way was 3-for-5 in the nightcap, while Ryan Kehl and Powers were both 2-for-3.

St. Norbert jumped out to a 15-2 lead after three innings in the opener, getting 14 hits during that stretch. Yost had a two-run single and Kehl a two-run double in a six-run first. Yost later added a two-run triple to highlight a six-run third.

Yost finished the opener 4-for-4 with five RBIs, giving him a total of eight RBIs for the doubleheader. Kehl was 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Hannon finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Ryan Sullivan went five-plus innings for the win, allowing 10 hits and seven runs. Schneider worked the final four innings for a save.

Jandron singled in each game to give him 109 total bases for the season, breaking the school record of 108 previously held by Aaron Kramer (1998) and Adam Frost (2007). Jandron finished the regular season with a lusty .521 batting average, going 62-for-119.