CHICAGO - Logging her fifth straight shutout victory over her last five starts, Saint Xavier University freshman Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) was nearly untouchable Thursday afternoon in leading the No. 1 seeded Cougars to a 5-0 win over No. 5 seed Robert Morris University (Ill.) in second round action of the 2011 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Softball Tournament at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. Nonnemacher allowed just five hits and a walk with three strikeouts over the seven-inning affair and moved her win-loss record to 16-4 this season. She has not allowed a run over her last 34.1 innings of work. Junior shortstop Ashley Hunter (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) led the offense for Saint Xavier Thursday going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
The Cougars struck early taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after an infield error by RMU kept the inning alive and helped plate Hunter from second base. The game would stay, 1-0, until the top of the fifth when a pair of errors, a wild pitch and a RBI double by sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) led to three more runs for SXU extending the advantage to 4-0. Senior second baseman Brittany Hannigan (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) added some insurance to the lead in the top of the sixth with a RBI single to right field that followed a two-out triple by senior center fielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster). Paradzinski finished the game with two hits going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, while Mollohan was SXU's other two-hit batter Thursday with a 2-for-4 showing as well.
Saint Xavier (33-14 overall/14-4 CCAC) continues tournament play on Friday, May 6, with a game in the winner's bracket against No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The winner of that game will advance to Saturday's championship game at noon and need to be defeated twice for the tournament crown and automatic national tournament bid.