Sophomore Jamie Reed has had a great start to the month of April
Sophomore Jamie Reed has had a great start to the month of April
Game 1
Game 2
5 Innings
Cardinal Stritch University
Saint Xavier
Softball - Sat, Apr. 9, 2011

CHICAGO - Behind another phenomenal day at the plate by sophomore designated hitter Jamie Reed (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius X), the Saint Xavier University softball team rolled to a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) wins over Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Saturday afternoon at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars won the first game, 7-2, and then cruised to a 12-2 victory in just five innings in game two. Reed went a combined 4-for-8 with a home run, two runs scored and five RBI. In fact of her team-leading six homers, all have come since the start of April, a 10-game stretch for SXU. With the two wins, Saint Xavier improves to 21-9 overall on the year and 8-2 in conference play. The Wolves fall to 5-15 overall this season and 0-6 in the CCAC.

Junior Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) got her 10th victory of the season (10-3) on the mound in Saturday's opening game. Brown threw all seven frames and gave up just seven hits, two runs (both earned) and no walks with two strikeouts. Sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Reed went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI. Batting in the top of the inning due to the site change of the games, SXU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Mollohan posted a RBI single to right field. CSU would tie the game in the bottom of the third on a RBI single of its own. A RBI single by senior center fielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) in the fourth inning and another by Mollohan in the fifth put the Cougars up, 3-1, after five innings of play. The Wolves would cut the lead to a run, 3-2, with a RBI single in the sixth, but Reed's three-run homer in the top of the seventh helped plate four more runs and put the game away.

In game two, SXU scored quickly again taking advantage of an infield throwing error to go up, 1-0, in the top of the first. However, Cardinal Stritch answered right back with two runs off back-to-back RBI singles to take a 2-1 lead after one inning of play. The rest of the game belonged to the Cougars as the offense heated up for 14 hits and 11 unanswered runs over the next four frames to end things early. Junior shortstop Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) helped lead the charge going 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Seven different batters in SXU's line-up recorded two hits in the nightcap. Freshman Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) improved to 9-4 this season with the victory. She went all five innings and allowed seven hits, two runs (both earned) and two walks with three strikeouts.

Saint Xavier (21-9 overall/8-2 CCAC) will head to Joliet, Ill., on Tuesday, April 12, to complete a make-up doubleheader against conference rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The first game Tuesday will start at 3 p.m. The original date of the doubleheader was March 24.