Senior Ben Heller won his sixth game against Cardinal Stritch on Thursday, his 24th of his career (3rd all-time)
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Due to rainy weather conditions, the
Olivet Nazarene University baseball team hosted their doubleheader with
Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) that was originally scheduled to be played
in Milwaukee, Wis. The Tigers played as the visiting team on the scoreboard. In game one, they defeated the Wolves 8-3 with complete game effort from Ben Heller
(Whitewater, Wis.). In game two, darkness cut the Tiger’s comeback effort short
in the eighth inning as Cardinal Stritch won 6-4.
In game one, there were five hits allowed in the first three
innings, but neither team allowed a run until the top of the fourth. ONU (21-16,
10-8) exploded with three runs off two hits and took advantage off a Wolves's error. Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.)
doubled late in the inning to bring home the third run after an error and sac
bunt brought home the first two. In the bottom of the inning, Lucas Simon singled, scoring Chad Mazur and Brandon Helt, for Cardinal Stritch (9-19, 5-11). ONU made
it 5-2 in the fifth inning after Adrian
Perez (Chicago, Ill.) scored because of an error by the catcher. Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) scored
the fifth run on a sac bunt by Jordan Hayes
(St. Charles, Ill.). The Tigers continued to put pressure on the Wolves
with three more in the sixth off three hits. The Wolves's third error of the game
allowed a Tiger run, and back-to-back sac flies scored runs. Cardinal Stritch made
it 8-3 in the bottom half, but it wasn’t enough.
Senior Ben Heller (6-3) started his ninth game of the year,
throwing a complete game and allowing only three runs off seven hits. He walked
five and struck out six. He earned his sixth win of 2013 and 24th of
his career, placing him tied for third on the all-time wins list in ONU
The Wolves started Kevin Murphy (0-7) who went the distance allowing
eight runs — two earned — off nine hits. He struck out five and walked three.
For ONU, Fahy went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Davenport went 2-for-3 with two runs, and
Nick Jones (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 2-for-2 with one run.
Chris Bass had two hits for the Wolves, and Lucas Simon was
the only Stritch batter with an RBI.
In game two, junior Jonathan
Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (5-3) went seven innings allowing six runs —
two earned — off nine hits, walking four and striking out three. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) faced a
batter in the eighth and gave up a hit. Paul
Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) got an out in the eighth, and Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) got the final two outs for the
The Wolves threw Luke Erickson (3-3) for a complete game. He
allowed four runs — three earned — off three hits, walking four and striking out
In each of the first three innings, there was at least one
run scored. Perez had a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Fahy after he
walked to take a 1-0 lead. Stritch’s Helt grounded out to the pitcher, scoring Chris Bass to tie the game. In the second, Stefan
Sauder (Morton, Ill.) scored because of an error by the shortstop. The
Wolves tied the game again when Tony Smit singled and scored Tyler Dykema. ONU
took the lead in the third when Dan
Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) and Ryan
Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) put on a double steal, and Schneider crossed home
safely. The Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the fifth when Schneider scored again on
a Kern groundout to first. Fightmaster pitched his third scoreless inning in
the fifth; and in the sixth, the Wolves took control, scoring four. Chad Mazur
scored when Lewandowski singled. Chris Bass singled and scored Lewandowski.
Schnulle walked with the bases loaded to bring home Dykema, and the sixth run
was Smit on a Herberg walk. The Tigers were unable to score again, down 6-4.
At the plate for the Tigers, Dan Schneider, Ryan Kern and
Josh Altmann each had hits. Schneider scored two runs. Overall, the Tigers
stole nine bases between both games.
For Stritch, Mitchell Schnulle went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and
Kasey Lewandowski had two hits and one run and RBI apiece. Tony Smit went
2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
ONU will be back on the field Saturday, April 13, starting
at 12 p.m., with a doubleheader on the road against the Illinois Institute of