Tyler Nelson swings at a pitch against St. Norbert.
Tyler Nelson swings at a pitch against St. Norbert.

   The Ripon College baseball team entered last weekend’s series with St. Norbert knowing that it needed to win at least three out of the four games to make it into the Midwest Conference Tournament.

   While it was unable to accomplish that, it did achieve a feat the other two teams in its division were unable to do: defeat St. Norbert.

   The Red Hawks split the series with the Green Knights as they won the first and fourth games, while dropping the middle two.

   They missed out on making the Midwest Conference Tournament by just one game after Lawrence swept Beloit in a four-game series.

   “It’s a positive for the way the weekend  panned out with having a shot to get in,” Ripon head coach Eric Cruise said of the split. “... They’re a darn good team, so to go out and be able to beat them twice shows what we’re capable of doing. And then to send our seniors out on a winning note was the biggest positive of the day [Sunday] because of the hard work they’ve put in for four years and the mark that they’ve left on our program.”

   The Red Hawks (7-9 conference, 12-20 overall) got the series off on the right foot as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings in game one on a Riley Erickson RBI single and sacrifice flies by Kyle Rogers and Nick Taranto.

   St. Norbert (11-5 conference, 22-13 overall), however, cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fifth with the help of an error, and tied the game in the eighth after another miscue allowed a run to score.

Read the full story, which includes information on the rest of the series, as well as a win over Marian, in the May 10, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.