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Green Knights Rally For Split With Pointers

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, April 25, 2017 | Softball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College split a non-conference doubleheader with UW-Stevens Point, losing 8-6 before rallying for a 5-4 win in the nightcap at Miron Construction Field at Mel Nicks Sports Complex.

The Green Knights (16-14) trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game. Leigh Grall was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Tia Danforth followed with a home run to tie the game at 4-4. Amanda Diedrich walked and later advanced to second on Ashley Schuettpelz's one-out single. On a wild pitch, the throw to third base to try and cut down Diedrich sailed into left field, allowing her to score the go-ahead run.

Emma Molenhouse set down the Pointers in order in the top of the seventh to lock down the victory.

St. Norbert scored on a Brianna Braeger inside-the-park home run to start the bottom of the first. The Green Knights scored again in the second inning on a Braeger single to score Maria Reiter. Stevens Point scored twice in the third inning and once each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-2 lead.

Braeger finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Green Knights, who had six hits.

Molenhouse scattered 10 hits but did not walk a batter. She struck out three to improve to 10-5 on the season.

In the opener, Stevens Point scored three runs in the top of the first. St. Norbert answered on a Randi Morack single to score Braeger, who tripled. The Green Knights knotted the game 3-3 with a pair of second-inning runs scoring on a Morack two-run single.

Stevens Point would score twice in the fifth inning and three times in the sixth inning to build an 8-3 lead. St. Norbert scored three times in its half of the sixth inning, with two scoring on a Leigh Grall single and a third on a Danforth double.

Amy McBride was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Braeger, Morack and Carley Frauenhoff were all 2-for-4. Morack had three runs batted in. St. Norbert finished with 12 hits.

Sydney Pfotenhauer took the loss, allowing 13 hits and four earned runs in a complete-game effort.

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