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Luther and Simpson wrapped up the four-game series today with a split. The Norse won game one 5-3 and were then defeated 12-11 in game two.
In game one, Alex Byom (4-0) remained unbeaten on the mound, pitching six strong innings. Byom allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four. Nate Whitham picked up his first save of the season allowing one hit to the four batters he faced.
It was a slug fest in game two as both teams combined for 34 hits and 23 runs. Unfortunately for the Norse they came up on the short end of the stick of this nine inning game.
Trailing 10-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Storm scored six runs on six hits to tied the game at 10-10. Luther retook the lead in top of the sixth when Knippenberg drove in Larson for his third RBI of the game. Simpson took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh scoring twice en route to the victory.
Pittman (4-for-6), Knippenberg (4-for-5), Hendrikson (3-for-4), Larson (2-for-6) and David Lowe (2-for-4) led the offensive attack for the Norse.
Both teams completed the series with Iowa Conference records of 4-8. Luther is 8-12 overall and Simpson is now 8-13.
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