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St. Norbert Opens MWC Play With Sweep of Beloit

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, March 30, 2019 | Softball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

BELOIT - St. Norbert College started Midwest Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Beloit College by scores of 4-3 and 7-6 at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium.

St. Norbert jumped out to an early lead in the opener, taking a 3-1 lead in the second inning, and held on to claim the win.

Alyssa Sikora's run-scoring single brought home Carley Frauenhoff for a run in the first inning. The Buccaneers answered with a run in the first inning, but St. Norbert answered with two runs in the second inning. Sarah Koltermann, Morgan Moxon and Ashley Zimmerman opened the inning with consecutive doubles to bring around two runs.

Beloit scored once in the third inning, but St. Norbert responded in the top of the fourth when Randi Morack's RBI single brought in Zimmerman. The Buccaneers would get a run back in the fifth inning, but there would be no further scoring threats.

Emma Molenhouse spun a complete-game victory, allowing five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. St. Norbert had seven players with one hit apiece.

In the nightcap, St. Norbert held off a furious Beloit rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to finish off the sweep.

Carley Frauenhoff plated Morack in the top of the first inning with a base hit. Beloit tied the game with a run in the second inning, but St. Norbert regained the lead on Alyssa Sikora's run-scoring single to bring around Allison Knop. The Green Knights then broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning on four hits and two Beloit errors. Frauenhoff had an RBI single in the inning while Taylor Ullman had a sacrifice fly.

Beloit then scored five runs on three hits and three St. Norbert errors in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Buccaneers had runners on first and third base when the game ended.

Frauenhoff was 3-for-4 in the nightcap for the Green Knights, who had 12 hits. Ellie Olsen earned the win, allowing one earned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Morgan Zielke came on to get the last out of the game for her second save of the season.

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