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Errors Doom Green Knights at MWC Tournament

From Sports Information Director, May 3, 2008 | Softball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - St. Norbert College couldn't overcome four errors against Ripon College at the Midwest Conference Tournament held at Lake Forest College.

The Green Knights fell to the Red Hawks 6-5 in nine innings in the winner's bracket, and now must win three games Sunday to capture the conference title. St. Norbert beat Monmouth 7-0 in a first-round game earlier. St. Norbert faces Lake Forest at 10 a.m. Sunday, and the winner of that must beat Ripon twice to steal the MWC title.

St. Norbert led 4-2 going to the sixth inning against Ripon before the Red Hawks scored three unearned runs. St. Norbert had an infield error with two outs in the top of the sixth, and back-to-back doubles by Krista Shafer and Jackie Reichhart scored three runs.

The Green Knights retied the game in the bottom half of the sixth. Erin Pamperin doubled and was sacrificed to third by Tracy Palmer. Kim Sawyer's sacrifice fly brought home Pamperin.

Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth inning, but Ripon tallied in the ninth on an outfield throwing error. Lindsey Reynolds drew a one-out walk in the ninth but would not advance to scoring position.

Kayla Krueger took the loss for St. Norbert, allowing four unearned runs in four innings of relief. She struck out two and allowed five hits with no walks. Mara Resch started and allowed two runs in five innings with five hits, five walks and two strikeouts.

Palmer was 3-for-4 in the Ripon game, while Sam Boushley was 3-for-5, Krueger 2-for-4 and Pamperin 2-for-4.

Against Monmouth, Krueger twirled a four-hit shutout, walking one and striking out four.

Reynolds stroked a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Green Knights all the runs they would need against the Scots. St. Norbert picked up five insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Reynolds had an RBI double, Brieanne Oehlke an RBI single and Julie Hayes a two-run double in the inning.

Reynolds was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the Monmouth game, the only player with a multi-hit game for the Green Knights.