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St. Norbert Sweeps Lawrence

From Sports Information Director, April 16, 2008 | Softball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College swept a pair of Midwest Conference softball contests with Lawrence University, claiming wins of 4-3 and 9-2 at Mel Nicks Field.

The Green Knights improved to 11-8 overall and 4-0 in the MWC North, while Lawrence fell to 5-12, 1-3.

St. Norbert broke a pair of ties with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The Green Knights went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Brieanne Oehlke scored on a two-out error by the Vikings. Lawrence retied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Amanda Hauser, but the Green Knights scored again for the win.

Julie Hayes reached on catcher's interference to start the inning. Following a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Ortiz, Tracy Palmer singled to right field. Hayes was held up at third but the throw back to the infield missed the cutoff and rolled into the St. Norbert dugout to award Hayes home plate and the Green Knights the win.

Hayes was 2-for-2 and Palmer 2-for-4 in the win. Mara Resch scattered 11 hits, walked three and struck out two to improve to 5-5 on the season.

In the nightcap, Lawrence led 1-0 heading into the fifth inning but the Green Knights scored five times in the fifth and four more times in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Lindsey Reynolds hit a two-run single to get things going in the fifth. Oehlke followed with an RBI double. St. Norbert got its last two runs in the inning on a steal of home by Oehlke on the back end of a double steal and Jes Van Hout scored on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Sam Boushley hit a sacrifice fly, Oehlke hit a line-drive single to drive in a run and Van Hout added an RBI single.

St. Norbert, which had 14 hits in the nightcap, got a 3-for-3 showing by Van Hout. Oehlke, Boushley, Kayla Krueger and Kim Sawyer all had two hits apiece for the Green Knights.

Krueger picked up the win, improving to 6-3. Krueger allowed eight hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

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