Softball - Thu, Apr. 14, 2005
Joliet, Ill. - Despite five hits on the day by sophomore rightfielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic), the No. 19 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team could not sweep its road doubleheader with Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Wednesday in Joliet, Ill. The Cougars won game one, 9-1, in five innings, but four errors in the nightcap hurt SXU dropping the second game, 7-4.

Wednesday's first game was all Saint Xavier as the Cougars rattled off seven runs in the first two innings of play en route to the 9-1 victory. Barker finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while sophomore second baseman Nikki Brown (Rochelle, Ill./Rochelle) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and three RBI. Junior shortstop Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) also had a big day with the bat going 1-for-2 with a homer, three runs scored, and three RBI. SXU outhit St. Francis (Ill.), 12-5, in the game. Junior pitcher Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster) earned the win on the mound for Saint Xavier pitching all five innings and allowing just five hits and one run with seven strikeouts.

Game two was a different story as the Cougars clinged to a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. USF put up three runs in the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to pick up the 7-4 win. Nicole Barker went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI, while sophomore first baseman Jory Bodi (Richmond, Ill./Richmond-Burton) was also 3-for-4 with both a run scored and a RBI. SXU outhit the Saints again in game two, 14-11, but could not overcome the four errors. Freshman righthander Nicolle Bartels (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) took the loss in relief pitching the final 3.2 innings and giving up five hits and five runs (three earned) with two walks and five strikeouts.

Saint Xavier (26-12 overall, 11-2 CCAC) hosts CCAC foe Robert Morris College (Ill.) Thursday for a doubleheader at the SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m.