Senior Amy Kennedy had Saint Xavier's lone RBI Saturday against Olivet Nazarene
Senior Amy Kennedy had Saint Xavier's lone RBI Saturday against Olivet Nazarene
Saint Xavier
Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)
Softball - Mon, May. 9, 2011

CHICAGO - Despite a double and a RBI by senior catcher Amy Kennedy (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac), the No. 17 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team ended its season in the championship game of the 2011 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Softball Tournament Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 loss to No. 23 ranked and No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars (34-16 overall) managed just seven hits in the ballgame with no players in the line-up logging more than a hit apiece. The Tigers sealed the win with four runs in the top of the seventh led by a three-run homer to left field by freshman second baseman Hannah Gardner. Following the game, SXU had Kennedy, senior second baseman Brittany Hannigan (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg), senior center fielder Megan Paradzinski (Munster, Ind./Munster) sophomore third baseman Kate Mollohan (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and freshman Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) all named to the 2011 CCAC All-Tournament Team.

A RBI single by Gardner followed shortly by a RBI double by senior catcher Nora Duffy put Olivet Nazarene ahead, 2-0, in the top of the first inning. The Cougars answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame when Kennedy hit a two-out double to left-center field to score Hannigan from second base. Both teams had chances to score over the next five innings, but the two defenses would prevail and the Tigers carried their 2-1 advantage into the seventh inning. With runners at first and second base and no outs in the top of the seventh, Gardner hit her three-run blast to put ONU up, 5-1. Three errors by SXU would extend the frame and lead to another run to make the score, 6-1. Freshman Ariel Hinton (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) would record a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the seventh, but it would be the only hit for the Cougars the rest of the way. Nonnemacher took the loss (18-6) for SXU throwing all seven innings and allowing seven hits, six runs (four earned) and three walks with six strikeouts.

Saint Xavier ends its 2011 season with a 34-16 overall record. The Cougars won a share of the CCAC regular season crown by finishing the conference slate with a 14-4 mark.