Softball - Tue, Mar. 27, 2007
Michigan City, Ind. - Behind outstanding pitching performances by sisters junior Ashley Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and freshman Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), the No. 21 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team swept a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) games from Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) Tuesday in Michigan City, Ind. The Cougars (8-6 overall/2-0 CCAC) won the first game of the doubleheader, 3-0, and then went on to defeat PUNC, 8-1, in the nightcap.

In the first game, Ashley Shearer had a two-hit shutout pitching all seven innings and recording one walk and four strikeouts. With the victory, she improves her win-loss record to 3-1 on the season. Offensively, SXU was led by senior right fielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic), who went 4-for-4 and tallied nearly half of the team's nine total hits. Senior centerfielder Marie Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) also had a solid outing at the plate in game one going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. After four scoreless innings to start the game, Saint Xavier scored a run in the top of the fifth and two runs in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.

The Cougars balanced a strong offensive output with a solid pitching performance in game two en route to the 8-1 victory. Jalyn Shearer pitched all seven innings and allowed seven hits, one run (earned), and no walks. She also struck out five PUNC batters in the game. Nicole Barker, senior shortstop Samantha Lovato (Oak Forest, Ill./Eisenhower), and junior left fielder Laurie Felton (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn) all posted three hits in the game for SXU. In addition, Lovato finished with two triples and three RBI, while Felton tallied a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI in the winning effort. The Cougars led 8-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before Purdue University-North Central scored its lone run of the game.

Saint Xavier (8-6 overall/2-0 CCAC) returns home on Friday, March 30, to take on conference foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at SXU Softball Field. The first game of the Friday doubleheader is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.