Softball - Wed, Apr. 20, 2005
CHICAGO - Senior first baseman Christina Jesse (Varna, Ill./Illinois Valley CC) finished the day 5-for-7 with two home runs, three runs scored and seven RBI to lead the No. 19 ranked Saint Xavier University softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Trinity Christian College Tuesday at the SXU Softball Field in Chicago. The Cougars took game one, 8-0, in six innings followed by a 7-0 victory in nightcap. The sweep gave SXU its fifth straight CCAC regular season title finishing the 2005 campaign with a 15-2 league mark.

The Cougars used a six-run, sixth inning to end the first game of the doubleheader early per the eight-run lead after five innings conference rule. Jesse was 2-for-4 in the game with two RBI, while junior shortstop Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Sophomore rightfielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) also had a nice outing going 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. The Cougars outhit TCC, 14-3 in the game en route to their eight-run output. Sophomore rightie Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster) picked up the win for SXU pitching all six innings and giving up just three hits and no runs with seven strikeouts.

In Tuesday's second game, Jesse had a career game going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two homers, three runs scored and five RBI. Senior second baseman Maura Ryan (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) recorded two hits and a RBI in the ballgame, while sophomore catcher Lindsey Hall (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) went 1-for-2 with a solo home run. Junior righthander Kim Garner (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mother McAuley) earned the win for SXU pitching all seven innings and allowing three hits, no runs and a walk with five strikeouts. Garner also accomplished a unique feat on the mound Tuesday throwing just three pitches in the sixth inning to retire the side.

Saint Xavier (34-12 overall, 15-2 CCAC) heads to Mishawaka, Ind., on Thursday, April 21, for a 3 p.m. road doubleheader against non-conference opponent Bethel College (Ind.).