Freshman Megan Nonnemacher threw a four-hit shutout with 10 Ks in Saturday's first game
Freshman Megan Nonnemacher threw a four-hit shutout with 10 Ks in Saturday's first game
Game 1
Game 2
6 Innings
Clarke University
Saint Xavier
Softball - Sat, Mar. 19, 2011

CHICAGO - It was a good day for the Saint Xavier University softball pitching staff as freshman Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) and junior Nicole Derezinski (St. John, Ind./Andrean) both posted shutouts in a doubleheader sweep of Clarke University (Iowa) Saturday afternoon at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars won their home opener by scores of 2-0 and 8-0 (six innings) to improve to 11-5 overall this spring. Nonnemacher threw all seven innings of the first game and gave up just four hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts to improve to 6-1 on the season. Derezinski also allowed just four hits with a walk and four strikeouts to go to 2-2 this year.

After a scoreless first inning, SXU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when senior first baseman Courtney Murphy (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) led off with a walk and later scored on a RBI single by senior second baseman Brittany Hannigan (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg). The Cougars added an insurance run in the third when a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) plated freshman left fielder Ariel Hinton (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) from third base. Saint Xavier needed just four hits in the first game to pick up the victory.

The SXU offense gave its pitching staff plenty of help in the nightcap belting out 13 hits, including three doubles, en route to the eight-run win in six innings. Junior shortstop Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) led the offensive attack going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Hinton put Saint Xavier ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first frame when she hit a RBI double to center field. The Cougar bats exploded for seven hits and six runs in the third inning to push the lead to 7-0. Hinton then ended the game an inning early when she brought home Hunter on a RBI single to left field in the sixth. Hinton and Murphy both finished the second game with two RBI apiece.

Saint Xavier (11-5 overall) opens Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on Thursday, March 24, with a road doubleheader against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The first game of the pair starts at 3 p.m. in Joliet, Ill.