Bourbonnais, Ill. - Behind a big weekend at
the plate by sophomore designated player Jamie Reed (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius
X), the Saint Xavier University softball team split its four games at the
Olivet Nazarene University Invitational in Bourbonnais, Ill., this past
weekend. The Cougars (16-8 overall) fell
to No. 18 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), 14-10, in Friday's first game
before defeating Robert Morris University (Ill.), 3-2, in the late game. On Saturday, SXU beat McKendree University
(Ill.), 4-2, before falling to Bethel College (Ind.), 8-4, in eight
innings. Reed went a combined 5-for-11
with a double, a triple and two homers to go along with her three runs scored
and six RBI.
In the first game against host Olivet Nazarene, the Cougars got plenty of
offensive production, including a two-run homer by Reed, and a nice game by
senior catcher Amy Kennedy (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac). Kennedy went 3-for-4 with three doubles,
three runs scored and two RBI. However,
the Tiger bats were just as hot as both teams combined for 24 runs off 21 hits
in the ballgame. Freshman third baseman
Ariel Hinton (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) also had a big game for
Saint Xavier going 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. SXU led 10-8 heading into the bottom of the
sixth before Olivet Nazarene posted six runs off four hits, three for extra
bases, in the frame to take back the lead for good. In the second game Friday, the Cougars
trailed 1-0 after three innings of play before a solo shot by Kennedy and a RBI
double by Reed in the bottom of the fourth put them ahead, 2-1. A RBI single in the sixth by the Eagles tied
the game, 2-2, before SXU ended things in the bottom of the seventh with a
two-out, RBI single to right field by Kennedy.
Junior Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) got the win (6-2)
throwing all seven innings and allowing seven hits, two runs (both earned) and
two walks with six strikeouts.
Reed came through with a huge three-run home run to center field in the
bottom of the sixth to help Saint Xavier rally for a 4-2 victory against
McKendree in Saturday's first game.
Brown pitched another beauty going to 7-2 on the year with another
complete game performance. She gave up
just three hits, two runs (both earned) and four walks with four strikeouts. Sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley
Park, Ill./Andrew) also had a solid game for the Cougars going 2-for-3 at the
plate with a run scored. Unfortunately,
SXU could not end the tournament with a win as Bethel got a walk-off grand slam
to get the 8-4 decision in eight innings.
Things looked promising early as the Cougars built a 4-0 lead over the
first six frames thanks in part to a two-RBI single by senior second baseman
Brittany Hannigan (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg).
However, the Pilots scored four runs in both the seventh and eighth
innings to rally for the victory.
Freshman Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) got the
loss (7-4) allowing nine hits, eight runs (three earned) and two walks with a
pair of strikeouts.
Saint Xavier (16-8 overall/3-1 CCAC) continues its
conference slate on Tuesday, April 5, with a doubleheader against Trinity
International University (Ill.) in Deerfield, Ill. The first game is scheduled for a 3 p.m.