Sophomore Jamie Reed had a nice day for the Cougars at the Bethel Invite Friday
Sophomore Jamie Reed had a nice day for the Cougars at the Bethel Invite Friday
Softball - Fri, Apr. 15, 2011

Mishawaka, Ind. - Sophomore first baseman Jamie Reed (Lincoln, Neb./Saint Pius X) went a combined 4-for-7 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI to help lead the Saint Xavier University softball team to a split in its first two games at the Bethel College Invitational Friday in Mishawaka, Ind. The Cougars (25-11 overall) dropped their morning game against the host Pilots by a score of 6-0, but rebounded in the afternoon match-up against Rochester College (Mich.) for a 13-1 victory in five innings. Senior designated player Amy Kennedy (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) also shined offensively in SXU's second game of the day going 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI.

The Saint Xavier offense had difficulty finding a rhythm in Friday's first game managing just four hits, all singles, over the seven-inning affair. Junior Amie Brown (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) took the loss on the mound for the Cougars going all seven innings and allowing 10 hits, six runs (all earned) and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. She is now 11-5 on the season. In addition to Reed, senior center fielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster), sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Brown also each recorded a hit in the opener for SXU. Game two was a completely different story as the Saint Xavier offense racked up 15 total hits en route to its big 12-run victory. SXU scored in every inning but the second, and had nine extra-base hits. Junior Nicole Derezinski (St. John, Ind./Andrean) earned the win for the Cougars throwing all five innings and giving up just five hits, an earned run and three walks with four strikeouts. She now has a 3-2 record this spring.

Saint Xavier (25-11 overall/11-3 CCAC) wraps up play at the Bethel College Invitational on Saturday, April 16. The Cougars take on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Olivet Nazarene University in a non-conference match-up at 11 a.m. (central) and then play a yet-to-be-determined opponent in a 3 p.m. (central) game.