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St. Norbert Sweeps Series From Carroll Behind Pitching

From Sports Information Director, April 26, 2015 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College finished off a four-game Midwest Conference North Division series sweep of Carroll University by scores of 8-4 and 1-0 in a doubleheader at Larry Van Alstine Field at Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (17-15, 9-3 MWC North) opened up a three-game lead on Carroll (13-19, 6-6) for second place in the division. St. Norbert needs to win just one game in its four-game series against Beloit College next weekend to lock up its 15th MWC Tournament berth in the last 17 seasons.

Freshman Brendan Hermann twirled a gem in the nightcap, allowing just four hits with two walks and one strikeout in eight innings of work to improve to 4-1. Nate Schadrie stranded two runners in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

St. Norbert scored the only run of the game in the first inning. Brandon Kozinski and Troy Rottier moved up to second and third with one out on a passed ball, and Tyler Banovich's groundout plated Kozinski.

Carroll's best scoring opportunity came in the second inning after Alex Olson led off the inning with a double. Following an error in the next at bat, Sean Grant threw out Olson at home trying to score. The Pioneers would also get a runner on third base with one out in the fourth inning, and would not get a runner to third base the rest of the game.

Ray McDonald was 2-for-3 in the nightcap for the Green Knights, who had four hits.

In the opener, St. Norbert rallied from a 3-0 deficit as the Pioneers scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second. The Green Knights broke through in the third inning on a Rottier RBI single. Rottier then scored on a passed ball.

Carroll scored a run in the fourth inning to go ahead 4-2, but the Green Knights scored on a Derek Klegin sacrifice fly in the fourth and a Grant RBI single in the fifth to knot the score 4-4. St. Norbert broke open the game with four runs on four hits in the sixth. Rottier had a bases-loaded walk to snap the tie. Klegin scored on a wild pitch, and Banovich's single brought in Kozinski. Spencer Larson's RBI single increased the bulge to 8-4.

Brett Nohr earned the win, allowing eight hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in eight innings of work, and retired 15 of the last 17 hitters he faced.

Grant was 3-for-4, while Larson, Banovich and Klegin all had two hits apiece.

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