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2013-04-05 Fahy breaks ONU career stolen base record as Tigers take care of Holy Cross 10-2
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Senior Justin Fahy broke the Tigers career stolen base record with his 90th base on Friday against Holy Cross

Fahy breaks ONU career stolen base record as Tigers take care of Holy Cross 10-2

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 8:32 AM

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 ground balls.

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.