Softball - Sat, Apr. 3, 2010
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Giving up a combined 10 runs in the final two innings of each of its two games on the weekend, the No. 20 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team added a pair of losses (L, 7-1 and L, 3-0) to its record and ended its 13-game win streak dropping a doubleheader to William Penn University (Iowa) Friday afternoon at Tiger Field as part of the Olivet Nazarene University CCAC/MCC Crossover Tournament in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Cougars (19-7 overall/8-0 CCAC) were also scheduled to play a pair of games Saturday against Grand View College (Iowa), but a serious collision between two GVC outfielders in the bottom of the first inning ended game one and the day as well as both teams decided not to continue following the accident. Junior outfielder Rachel Krabbe (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was a bright spot for the SXU offense Friday finishing with three hits on the day.
The first game against William Penn University started off as a pitcher's duel with neither team scoring a run in the first five frames. However, in the top of the sixth inning, the Statesmen got a pair of RBI singles and a RBI double to plate four runs and take a 4-0 lead. Senior outfielder Rebekah Ruettiger (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) led off the bottom of the sixth with a double followed by a single by sophomore shortstop Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora). Later in the inning, freshman third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) would bring home Ruettiger from third base on a groundout to the shortstop. Leading 4-1 after six innings, William Penn would add three more runs off four hits in the seventh to put the game away. Freshman Jackie Dugan (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) took the loss (6-2) for SXU Friday going all seven innings and allowing 12 hits, seven runs (all earned) and a walk with seven strikeouts.
The Cougars had their chances in the day's second game leaving nine runners stranded on the base paths in a 3-0 loss to the Statesmen. SXU managed just four total hits in the game and could not provide any run support to aid a solid outing on the mound by sophomore Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic). Brown threw all six innings and gave up six hits, three runs (all earned) and a walk with two strikeouts. She falls to 4-2 on the year with the loss. WPU scored a run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth off back-to-back homers. Saint Xavier (19-7 overall/8-0 CCAC) returns to Chicago to take on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 6. The first game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at SXU Softball Field in Chicago.