Ann Arbor, Mich. – Freshman shortstop Savannah Kinsella (Munster, Ind./Andrean) went a combined 4-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in helping lead the No. 9 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Concordia University (Mich.) in its final games of the 2014 regular season slate Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cougars (42-5-1 overall) hung on to capture a 4-3 victory in Sunday's opener and then used a big fourth inning in game two to pick up a 4-0 win in the late game. SXU sophomore pitcher Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) logged her team-leading 16th shutout en route to her 18th victory (18-3) by allowing just one hit and a walk in the 4-0 victory.
All of the scoring for the first game occurred in the third inning. In the top of the frame, Saint Xavier plated four runs after sophomore second baseman Kasey Kanaga (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Nicole Nonnemacher reached on an error that brought home two runs and Kinsella posted an RBI single up the middle. The Cardinals got a three-run triple to right field with two outs in the bottom of the third to close to within a run, 4-3. Senior pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) took control from there limiting Concordia to just two hits the rest of the way. She threw all seven innings and gave up just four hits, three runs (all earned) and a walk with six strikeouts. Her win-loss record is now 21-2 on the season.
An RBI single to left field by Kinsella in the fourth inning of game two kicked off the scoring. Senior designated hitter Ariel Hinton (Crawfordsville, Ind./Crawfordsville) followed that with an RBI double to left field to push the lead to 2-0. Freshman third baseman Franchesca Graffeo (Crestwood, Ill./Shepard) posted an RBI on a fielding error by CU and junior catcher Megan James (Oak Forest, Ill./Marist) completed the game's scoring in the fourth inning with an RBI on a fielder's choice. Nicole Nonnemacher logged five strikeouts on her way to the one-hit shutout. She now has over 500 strikeouts (503) in just her second season of collegiate softball and already second all-time in program history behind only her older sister, Megan, with 693.
Saint Xavier (42-5-1 overall/17-2-1 CCAC) gets set to host the 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Softball Tournament starting on Thursday, May 1, at SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars take the No. 2 seed into the six-team event.