St. Norbert takes two from Vikings

Travis Weber had two hits in both games of the doubleheader with St. Norbert.
Travis Weber had two hits in both games of the doubleheader with St. Norbert.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The St. Norbert College baseball team rallied for a win over Lawrence University in the opener Sunday at Whiting Field and held on for a victory in the nightcap.

St. Norbert won the first game 6-4 and took the second game 9-5.

In the first game, Lawrence built a 4-2 lead through six innings. Mike Brady had a two-run single in the first, and Patrick McDonnell had a run-scoring single in the fifth. The Vikings loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but scored just once courtesy of a bases-loaded walk to Matthew Holliday.

St. Norbert then scored twice in the seventh to tie it with the help of a hit batsman, an error and a double. St. Norbert took the lead in the top of the ninth as Griffin Jack and Sean Grant both picked up run-scoring singles. Jack finished 2-for-5 and drove in two runs.

The Vikings brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, but Nick Klavekoske got the final three outs for the save.

Brady went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs for Lawrence (11-18, 4-8 MWC). He also took the loss after three innings of relief. Travis Weber also went 2-for-5 for the Vikings, and Reno Zemrak scored a pair of runs. Chris Shaw was superb through six innings for the Vikings as he allowed four hits, struck out six and walked three.

In the nightcap, the Green Knights scored their first six runs of the game as a direct result of walks and a hit batsman. Lawrence issued eight walks in the first five innings and five of those runners came home to score, and another scored after being hit by a pitch.

Lawrence led 3-1 after one inning, but the Green Knights rallied to lead 9-3 after seven innings. Jason Malkowski went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs to pace St. Norbert (20-10, 9-3).

Lawrence rallied in the bottom of the ninth as Nolan Spencer walked and Weber doubled to start the inning. Holliday followed with a single to score Spencer and cut the lead to 9-4. After a strikeout, McDonnell drove home another run with a ground out. After a walk to Brady and the tying run in the on-deck circle, Bryce Braspennickx came on to the final out for the save.

Weber went 2-for-5, Spencer was 2-for-3 and scored two runs and Brady drove in a pair.

Klavekoske went 6.1 innings to pick up the win, and Kyle Duex went just two innings and took the loss.