BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Offense ruled the day in the series when the
Olivet Nazarene University baseball team played against Holy Cross College
(Ill.) on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. There were a combined 62 runs, 83 hits and only
nine innings without a single run scored in 25 total innings played. Meanwhile,
with more than 60 runs scored, there was only one lead change in the entire
three-game series. After winning game one on Friday, the Tigers fell in game
two 10-9, and in game three 16-15 after falling behind 16-5.
On Saturday, the Tigers (20-15, 9-7) sent lefty Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) (1-3) to the
mound for the start. He went four innings, allowing nine runs — seven earned —
off eight hits. Parker Shelton
(Columbus, Ind.) and Ben Heller
(Whitewater, Wis.) pitched in relief and gave up only one run in two
The Saints (14-21, 8-10) started Andrew Salazar (3-2), and
he went four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Blake Correll recorded his
seventh save after pitching three innings, but nearly held on after allowing
five runs — four earned — off seven hits.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the first inning with
a run of their own after allowing two early runs to the Saints. Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) doubled to
bring home Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.).
In the third inning, Holy Cross scored three more runs after two early walks, and
a passed ball helped the Saints cause. However, the Tigers scored two of their
own in the bottom half with back-to-back home runs by Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) (8) and Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) (6). ONU got within one in the
fourth on a Fahy single but gave up four to the Saints in the fifth to make it
9-4. Four hits led to four runs for the visitors. Once again, the Tigers were
able to respond as they scored four of their own. Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored two off a single, and a Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) single
brought home the eighth run. The Saints tacked on their 10th run, and
the Tigers scored in the sixth to make it 10-9 but failed to score again.
Fahy went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Josh Altmann
went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Adrian Perez had two hits and a RBI, and Ryan Kern
went 3-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored. Madison Foster came in late in
the game and brought in two runs.
For the Saints, Gio Ayala was 2-for-3 with three runs, and
Trevor Hurley went 2-for-3 with three runs. Paul Kappaz went 3-for-4 with four
RBIs and two runs. Michael Pizzuto went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
In game two, sophomore Ryan
Archer (Moline, Ill.) (1-1) only went one inning after giving up four runs
off two hits. Eric Douglass (Indianapolis,
Ind.) pitched two innings, allowing six runs — one earned — off four hits. Madison Foster went five innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits. Ben Heller finished
the game, throwing one inning.
The Saints threw Jordan Gard (4-2) four innings. He allowed
eight runs — six earned — off nine hits. Calib Wininger, Austin Kiser-Petrie and Blake Correll pitched the final five innings. allowing seven runs — five earned
— off nine hits. Correll picked up his eighth save of the year.
ONU fell behind early in the first inning of game two by
giving up four runs off two hits. They did get one back in the bottom of the
inning. They put four runs up in the bottom of the second with five hits and the
help of an error. However, the pitching staff and defense allowed six runs in
the third, giving up three hits and causing three errors. Again in the fourth
inning, the Saints piled on three runs to make it 13-5 after five more hits.
They scored three more in the fifth with the help of four hits. Yet trailing
16-5, the Tigers would respond by scoring three in the fifth with the help of a
two-RBI home run by Davenport — his second of the day — and a Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.) RBI double. ONU put up four more in
the sixth with Davenport scoring two more runners with a single and
Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) recording an RBI to make it 16-12. The seventh was scoreless, but ONU got
within two in the eighth with two more runs. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) tripled to score two. In the ninth, trailing by two, Kevin Lasowski (Schererville,
Ind.) singled to score Perez. But the Tigers failed to score again with
runners on first and third.
At the plate for the Tigers, Fahy had two hits, and Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) had
two hits and a RBI. Perez went 2-for-5 with two runs. Kern had two hits, and
Davenport went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. Kevin Lasowski went 3-for-5
with one RBI and three runs. Jordan Hayes had three hits and two RBIs.
For Holy Cross, Ayala had two hits, one run and one RBI.
Kappaz went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and four runs. Pizzuto went 4-for-4 with
three RBIs and three runs. Linnville had two hits and three RBIs, and Bournay
had two hits and three RBIs.
ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 10, starting at 2 p.m., with a
doubleheader in Milwaukee, Wis., against Cardinal Stritch University.