Softball - Wed, Apr. 2, 2008
CHICAGO - Despite a three-run homer by senior catcher Aly Kelley (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) in game one and a two-run shot by junior third baseman Gianna Pavone (Orland Park, Ill./St. Joseph's College) in the nightcap, the Saint Xavier University softball team could not generate enough offense to get past No. 16 ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) doubleheader action Wednesday at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars (8-12 overall/4-4 CCAC) dropped the first game, 8-3, and then fell in game two as well, 7-3, which dropped them to 4-4 in the conference standings.

Kelley finished the first game 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and three RBI. She hit her home run to left-centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning to give SXU a 3-1 advantage. However, a fielding error by the Cougars in the top of the sixth inning plated two runs for ONU and tied the game, 3-3. The Tigers then scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the game, 8-3. Sophomore righthander Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took the loss throwing all seven innings for Saint Xavier and allowing 11 hits, eight runs (five earned), and three walks with three strikeouts. The Cougars had three errors in the game as well.

Olivet Nazarene jumped out to a 7-0 lead through the first four innings of game two before SXU answered with Pavone's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. A RBI single by Kelley in the sixth inning cut the lead to four, 7-3, but that would be as close as it would get the rest of the way. The Cougar pitching staff allowed 10 hits, seven earned runs, and two walks in the game with five strikeouts. Pavone, Kelley, and freshman centerfielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) each finished with two hits apiece in the nightcap.

Saint Xavier (8-12 overall/4-4 CCAC) stays at home on Thursday, April 3, to take on CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.). The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at SXU Softball Field in Chicago.