Softball - Thu, May 5, 2005
Joliet, Ill. - Sparked by a two-out RBI single from sophomore rightfielder Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic), the No. 18 ranked and No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pick up a 3-1 win over No. 4 seed Robert Morris College (Ill.) Wednesday in second round action of the 2005 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament in Joliet, Ill. With the win, the Cougars will face No. 2 seeded Olivet Nazarene University Thursday in the 6 p.m. semi-finals game in Joliet, Ill., with the winner advancing to Friday's championship.

Following the game, the league announced its 2005 All-CCAC Softball Team and award winners. Junior righthander Jessica Wilson (Munster, Ind./Munster) earned first-team recognition in addition to being named the CCAC Pitcher of the Year. Junior shortstop Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) and sophomore catcher Lindsey Hall (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) also both garnered All-CCAC First Team honors, while sophomore outfielders Marie and Nicole Barker (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) were both named to the All-CCAC Honorable Mention Team.

After five and a half scoreless innings, a key error in the field by the Robert Morris second baseman came back to bite the Eagles as SXU racked up three consecutive two-out RBI singles to go ahead, 3-0. Besides Nicole Barker, Kilduff and senior leftfielder Melissa Romano (Chicago Heights, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) also each recorded RBI singles in the sixth inning. Robert Morris scored its lone run of the game in the top of the seventh inning on a RBI single with no outs, but the Cougars were able to retire the next three RMC batters to end the game.

Wilson had an impressive outing on the mound for Saint Xavier pitching all seven innings and allowing seven hits, a run and two walks, while recording 10 strikeouts. She improves to 19-4 overall this season with the victory. The Cougars were outhit, 7-4, in the ballgame, but the error by Robert Morris in the sixth inning sealed the Eagles' fate.

Saint Xavier (39-15 overall) continues play in the 2005 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Thursday with a 6 p.m. semi-finals match-up with No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.).