Softball - Fri, May 12, 2006
Des Moines, Iowa - Senior second baseman Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI, but the No. 15 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team could not get past No. 3 seed and tourney host Grand View College (Iowa) falling, 5-3, in the championship game of the 2006 NAIA Region VII Tournament Friday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. The Cougars (38-14 overall) still have an outside chance of receiving an at-large bid from the NAIA to participate in next week's 2006 NAIA World Series in Decatur, Ala., but must wait to see how the remaining region tournaments conclude.
Kilduff put SXU ahead, 1-0, in the top of the first inning with a RBI single that brought junior center fielder Marie Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) across home plate. Grand View answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs off RBI singles from junior first baseman Kellie McFadden and sophomore third baseman Paige Jensen, respectively, to take a 2-1 lead. The Vikings tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second behind a two-RBI single from junior second baseman Destiny Willer. Grand View continued scoring in the third inning when senior pitcher Tiffany Summy recorded a RBI single to put her team ahead, 5-1.
The Cougars trimmed the lead to two runs, 5-3, in the top of the fourth with Kilduff scoring from third on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Lindsey Hall (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) and sophomore catcher Aly Kelley (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsee Valley) hitting a RBI single. However, Summy only gave up a walk over the remaining three innings to keep SXU from challenging the Grand View lead the rest of the way. Senior righthander Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster) got the start for the Cougars and allowed eight hits, five runs (three earned), and two walks over six innings with three strikeouts. She falls to 20-8 overall this season with the loss.
Saint Xavier failed to qualify for the NAIA World Series and end their season at 38-14 overall and 16-2 in the CCAC.