Green Knights Split at Lawrence
From Sports Information Director, April 26, 2008 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, email@example.com, (920) 403-4077
APPLETON - The St. Norbert College baseball team barely survived its annual trip to Lawrence University, escaping with a Midwest Conference doubleheader split at a bone-chillingly cold Whiting Field.
Lawrence won the opener 12-8, erasing an 8-3 deficit. St. Norbert hung on to salvage a split, winning the nightcap 7-6. The Green Knights' Tony Jandron threw out the potential game-tying run at the plate to end the game and save the win.
St. Norbert scored four times in the top of the first inning of the opener, getting two runs on a Bryan Stoppenbach single. Adam Frost homered in the second inning for a 5-2 lead. The Green Knights added three runs in the fifth - getting two runs off an error on a bunt and a Mike Wallerich double.
But the pitching staff could not hold the lead, as the Vikings answered for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to square the game at 8-8. Lawrence added three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Frost was 4-for-4 in the opener with a pair of doubles to lead St. Norbert. Wallerich, Jandron and Jordan Stauber each had a pair of hits in the game.
St. Norbert hung on in the nightcap, taking a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. A hit, three walks and two wild pitches plated three runs for the Vikings, but Jandron threw out T.J. Frett at home plate following Tim Salm's sharp single on a close play.
Cory Fuller had an RBI triple in the first inning, an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh. Fuller finished 4-for-5.
Wallerich had an RBI double in the ninth to break the tie and Jared Yost socked a two-run home run for a 7-3 lead.
Brett Yost pitched 8 1/3 innings to improve to 4-1, allowing seven hits and striking out 10. Jordan Vater got the last two outs for his second save of the season.