Softball - Tue, Apr. 13, 2010
Bensenville, Ill. - Mustering just seven combined hits over two games, the No. 21 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team failed to cross home plate and lost both games of its doubleheader with Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Robert Morris University (Ill.) by a score of 1-0 Tuesday afternoon in Bensenville, Ill. The losses shadowed two impressive pitching performances for the Cougars with senior right-hander Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) throwing the first game and sophomore right-hander Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) on the mound for the nightcap. Shearer threw all six innings of game one and gave up just three hits, a run (earned) and no walks with four strikeouts, but fell to 11-2 on the year with the loss. Brown posted 6.1 innings and allowed just three hits, a run (earned) and a walk with no strikeouts dropping her win-loss record to 6-3 this season.

In Tuesday's opener, SXU had difficulty dealing with RMU junior pitcher Jennifer Burns, who recorded 13 strikeouts over the seven-inning affair. After the Eagles led off the bottom of the fourth with a single by freshman shortstop Andrea Falco, an infield error helped move her to third base in the next at-bat. Robert Morris would then score the game's lone run on a RBI single by senior designated hitter Ashley Havertine. The Cougars had their best chance of tying the game in the top of the sixth when junior centerfielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) opened the frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Burns was able to get the next two SXU batters to fly out to left field to end the inning. Paradzinski was the only Saint Xavier player to reach second base in the first game.

The second game was more of the same as Havertine took over on the mound for the Eagles to face off against Brown for the Cougars. Saint Xavier left runners stranded at second base in both the first and third innings and RMU had opportunities to score in the early innings as well, but failed to capitalize. With the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh, Robert Morris got a double by junior catcher Kristina Maggio to open the frame and then moved her to third on a sacrifice bunt. A RBI single by junior third baseman Sierra Rhodes with one out ended the game with a final score of 1-0. Paradzinski was one of just four Cougars to record a hit in Tuesday's second game and the only SXU player to post two hits on the day. Saint Xavier (23-9 overall/12-2 CCAC) takes a break from its conference schedule to host No. 7 ranked Belhaven University (Miss.) on Thursday, April 15. The first game of the doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. at SXU Softball Field in Chicago.