GRAEME GALLAGHER | SPORTS EDITOR
On Wednesday, St. Norbert defeated Marian University 8-3 behind a five run third inning and a triple play to end the game.
In his first collegiate appearance, Tommy Maher ’21 took the mound for the Green Knights and dominated the Marian lineup, as he only gave up two hits and tallied two strikeouts in his six inning outing. Maher did not give up any walks and utilized his pitches effectively to produce weak contact consistently from the opposing bats.
St.Norbert complimented Maher on the mound by giving him an early lead in the third inning. After Junior Andy Peterik ’19 got the inning started with a bunt single, Sean Farraro ’19 worked a walk to move him to second. The next batter flew out, but Peterik stole third and Tyler Banovich ’18 walked to load the bases. Sean Grant ’18 gave the Knights the lead with a two-run single through the right side of the infield.
The inning was not over yet as Griffin Jack ’19 slapped another single, scoring Banovich and giving the Knights the 3-0 lead. Marian tried to limit the damage with a pitching change, but this was to no avail. Jason Malkowski ’18 padded the lead with a RBI single and then Robbie Dombrowski ’18 had an RBI single of his own to make the lead 5-0 in the third.
The Knights did not score again until the fifth inning when Jack Maastricht ’20 cranked a two-run homer to right center to extend the lead 7-0. St. Norbert tacked on one more in the sixth inning. Ferraro lead the inning off with a double and Hunter Laron ’18 followed up with a single. After a fly out, Grant hit a grounder to third and Ferraro made an acrobatic slide to evade the tag at home, making the game 8-0.
Maher gave up the ball in the seventh inning and the bullpen held Marian scoreless until the ninth inning. Bryce Braspennickx ’20 came into close it off, but ran into some trouble. An error, a walk and then a RBI single lead to Marian getting a run on the board. With still no outs, a walk loaded the bases and another RBI single made the score 8-2. Riley Lynch ’19 came in to try and limit the damage, but gave up another RBI single to make it 8-3.
With the bases loaded still and no outs, the Marian batter hit a line drive back that was stabbed by Lynch on the mound (1 out). Lynch then threw quickly to first (2 outs) and then Banovich fired to second to get the runner (3 outs) for the triple play. This was the first triple play in head coach Tom Winske’s 20-year tenure.
Tommy Maher got the first win of his college career and Hunter Larson went 2-3 on the day.