Keegan Johnston reaches down to hit the ball against St. Norbert. Johnston was 2 for 4 in the game with three RBIs. It followed a two home run performance in his previous game against Beloit.
Keegan Johnston reaches down to hit the ball against St. Norbert. Johnston was 2 for 4 in the game with three RBIs. It followed a two home run performance in his previous game against Beloit.

   Playing its fifth game in four days, the Ripon College baseball team needed a pitcher to step up.

   That is just what Jack Nelson did Tuesday against St. Norbert.

   The junior, who was making his first start of the season, held the Green Knights to just two runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings to help the Red Hawks come away with an 11-3 home victory.

   The win gives Ripon (5-3 conference, 9-10 overall) a split of the season series with St. Norbert (6-2 conference, 11-10 overall).

   The game was a make-up of a contest that was postponed due to darkness last week Monday.

   “Coming off a four-game series, we knew pitching was going to be thin on both sides; we needed a guy to step up, so today our guy stepped up bigger,” Ripon head coach Eric Cruise said. “Jack’s performance was the game.”

   Nelson had to work out of some trouble in the game as well as he stranded nine runners on base, which included two in the second and the bases loaded in the fourth.

Read the full story, which includes information on the Red Hawks taking three out of four games against Beloit, in the April 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.