Senior Justin Fahy broke the Tigers career stolen base record with his 90th base on Friday against Holy Cross
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After dropping three of their last four, the Tigers returned to the comfort of Watson Field on Friday, April 5, as they
hosted conference opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.) for the first of a
three-game series. ONU came out slugging as they took control early, scoring
seven runs in the first two innings, and never looked back — eventually winning
10-2. It was an historic day as senior
Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) broke the Tigers’ career stolen base record set
in 1990 by former Tiger Kenny Davis. With a stolen base from second to third in
the first inning, Fahy recorded his 90th base of his career, with 28 this season.
ONU (20-13, 9-5) sent the Tigers' innings pitched leader Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
(5-2) to the mound. In the win, he pitched his third complete game allowing two
runs — one earned — off 12 hits. He walked two, struck out three and forced 16
The Saints (12-21, 6-10) started Zach Mahalko (0-4), but he
only went 2/3 of an inning allowing three runs — two earned — off three hits, walking
two. Alex Erwin pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs off six hits, and Jake
Wood finished the game.
In the first inning, the Tigers came out firing on all
cylinders as three hits turned into three runs. Justin Fahy doubled, Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) singled, and
Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.)
singled to score two Tigers. ONU followed up with an even better effort in the
second inning, scoring four more runs. Four straight base runners helped the
Tigers cause. Nick Jones (Bourbonnais,
Ill.) singled, Fahy singled, Dan
Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) walked, and Perez singled to score Fahy and
Jones. Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.)
then tripled to bring home Perez and Schneider. Neither team scored until the
fourth when the Saints got on the board with Paul Kappaz scoring because of an
error. The fifth and sixth were scoreless as the Tigers held onto a 7-1 lead; but in the seventh, Olivet tacked on three more runs as two walks were
eventually scored by a single from Josh Altmann
(Homer Glen, Ill.). The 10th run was scored because of an error.
The Saints lone run in the ninth inning was not enough to make a comeback.
Fahy went 3-for-5 with two runs, and Adrian Perez finished
2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Jordan Hayes went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and
Nick Jones went 2-for-4 with one run.
For the Saints, Gio Ayala went 2-for-3, and Trevor Hurley
finished 3-for-4 with one RBI. Michael Pizzuto went 2-for-4, and five other Saints had hits on the day.
ONU will be back on the field Saturday, April 6, starting at 11 a.m. with a
doubleheader at Watson Field against Holy Cross.