Top of the Order Paces Green Knights

From Sports Information Director, March 18, 2008 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The top two spots in the batting order combined for six runs as St. Norbert College defeated the College of Mount St. Joseph 9-4 at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Adam Frost and Alex Byrne, St. Norbert's top two in the batting order, each scored three runs apiece. Frost was 2-for-4, while Byrne was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

St. Norbert scored single runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. The Green Knights tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Cory Fuller's RBI single plated Frost for the first run in the fifth. With Byrne on third base and Fuller on first, Tony Jandron hit a fly ball to center that did not originally score the run. When the throw went to the plate, Fuller broke for second. The throw from home to second was late and Byrne scampered home with the run.

The Lions, an NCAA Division III Tournament qualifier a year ago, added one run in the fifth and three runs in the seventh to pull within 5-4. St. Norbert answered with one run in the eighth and three more in the ninth.

Jordan Vater tripled home Jandron in the eighth. Frost led off the ninth with a single, and promptly stole second and third. Byrne drove in Frost with a single, and then stole second. Jandron later followed with an RBI single, and Jared Yost drove in Jandron on an RBI single.

St. Norbert pounded out 13 hits in the game, with Jandron and Yost each going 2-for-4.

Trevin Hillesheim picked up the win for St. Norbert, scattering six hits in 6.2 innings. He walked three and did not strike out a batter. Vater came on with the tying run on base in the seventh and struck out the the first hitter he faced to keep St. Norbert out front. Vater finished up, allowing one hit with one walk and five strikeouts to notch his first save of the season.