Softball - Thu, May. 6, 2010
Bourbonnais, Ill. - Led by a two-hit shutout victory from senior right-hander Jalyn Shearer (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), the No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team won its opening game of the 2010 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Softball Tournament with a 3-0 victory over No. 3 seed Robert Morris University (Ill.) Thursday afternoon in Bourbonnais, Ill. The Cougars (31-16 overall/15-3 CCAC) scored a run in the opening frame and then added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning to secure the win. Shearer struck out seven hitters in the game and notched her eighth shutout of the season to improve her overall win-loss record to 16-4.
SXU took control of the game early when junior first baseman Courtney Murphy (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) belted a RBI triple to bring home junior designated hitter Rachel Krabbe (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) from first base. With her team leading 1-0, Shearer kept the Eagle bats quiet allowing just one hit, a first-inning double by junior centerfielder Jessica Walsh, over the game's first four innings. Junior centerfielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) would add to the Cougars' lead in the top of the fifth when she posted a RBI triple of her own and then Krabbe brought her home in the next at-bat with a RBI double down the left field line. Shearer would continue her impressive work on the mound by allowing just one hit over the final three innings, a seventh-inning double by sophomore left fielder Rina Joy Ramirez. RMU junior pitcher Jennifer Burns took the loss (16-10) throwing all seven innings and giving up six hits, three runs (all earned) and a walk with four strikeouts. Krabbe led the SXU offense finishing the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI.
Saint Xavier (31-16 overall/15-3 CCAC) advances to take on No. 1 seed and No. 19 ranked Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Friday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in Bourbonnais, Ill. The winner advances to Saturday's tournament championship and would need to be defeated twice in order to be eliminated.