Softball - Sun, Mar. 7, 2010
Orlando, Fla. - Behind a three-hit shutout performance on the mound by senior right-hander Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), the No. 17 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team wrapped up its Florida trip with a 3-0 victory over NCAA Division II Northern State University (S.D.) Saturday afternoon at the Rebel Springs Games in Orlando, Fla. Earlier in the day, the Cougars (7-5 overall) managed just five hits and fell, 3-0, to University of Indiana-Pennsylvania (Pa.), another NCAA Division II foe. SXU wraps up the trip with a 7-5 record despite having to overcome a number of early season injuries.

In the loss to Indiana-Pennsylvania, junior right fielder Rachel Krabbe (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) led the Saint Xavier offense going 2-for-3 at the plate. However, the Cougars gave up three runs in the bottom of the second inning off a three-RBI triple by second baseman Dee Eppinger and could not muster enough offense to overcome the early deficit. Sophomore rightie Nicole Derezinski (St. John, Ind./Andrean) took the loss (0-2) pitching the first two innings and giving up three hits, three runs (all earned) and three walks with a strikeout. Freshman right-hander Jackie Dugan (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) finished the game throwing four innings and allowing five hits, no runs and no walks with a strikeout.

In the second game, junior first baseman Courtney Murphy (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) and freshman third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) each went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI to pace the Cougars. Shearer was huge on the mound giving up just three hits and no walks with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 3-1 overall this season. SXU got its first two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Mollohan and Murphy notched back-to-back RBI doubles. The Cougars would add an insurance run in the sixth off a RBI groundout to second base by senior outfielder Rebekah Ruettiger (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East).

Saint Xavier (7-5 overall) returns to Chicago and will continue its season on Saturday, March 13, with a doubleheader against NAIA foe Lindenwood University (Mo.). The first game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start in St. Charles, Mo.