Krueger's Two-Hit Shutout Leads St. Norbert to Win Over Carthage

From Sports Information Director, March 19, 2009 | Softball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore pitcher Kayla Krueger twirled a two-hit shutout to lift St. Norbert College to its first softball win of 2009 in a 1-0, eight-inning win over Carthage College. The Green Knights dropped the back end of their doubleheader by an 11-3 score to 21st-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University.

Krueger improved to 1-3 on the season with the pitching gem. Krueger did not walk a batter and struck out one, while the St. Norbert defense had just one error behind her. Carthage left just two baserunners on and did not advance a runner to third base.

St. Norbert scored the game's only run in the top of the eighth inning. Using the international tiebreaker, Stephanie Ortiz was placed on second base to start the frame. Kim Sawyer then sacrifice bunted to the third baseman, whose wild throw allowed Oritz to come around to score.

Carthage did not advance its runner past second base in its half of the inning.

St. Norbert had just three hits of its own against Carthage, with Sawyer hitting a double in the fifth inning. Krueger and Kristin Zimmerman had the other two hits.

Against Illinois Wesleyan, the perennially strong Titans jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings against St. Norbert starter Karie Corbeille. St. Norbert scored three times in the bottom of the third, getting a two-run double from Sawyer and an unearned run on an infield error. Ortiz had St. Norbert's only other hit in the game.