Portland, Ore. – Junior right-hander Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) struck out 12 batters for the second straight game and allowed just two hits as the No. 10 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team blanked No. 11 ranked and No. 2 seed Corban University (Ore.) Tuesday morning on the second day of action at the NAIA Softball Opening Round Tournament at Delta Park in Portland, Ore. The Cougars (48-6 overall) tied the best single season win total for the program (48) matching the 2000 squad that went 48-12 overall. With the victory, SXU advances to Wednesday's championship, which starts at 1 p.m. (central), with no tournament losses in the double-elimination event. Saint Xavier's runs came in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back RBI singles by sophomores Shannon Lauret (Beach Park, Ill./Zion-Benton) and Megan James (Oak Forest, Ill./Marist). It was Nonnemacher's 10th shutout of the season, a new career-high total.
Saint Xavier (48-6 overall/19-1 CCAC) is just one win away from being one of 10 teams to qualify for the NAIA Softball National Championship in Columbus, Ga. The 10-team tournament kicks off on Friday, May 24.