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2013-04-20 ONU wins seventh straight and moves into first place in CCAC South with two wins over TIU
Adrian Perez (4)

In Saturday's doubleheader with Trinity International Adrian Perez went 3-for-6 with one RBI and one run

ONU wins seventh straight and moves into first place in CCAC South with two wins over TIU

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Playing five games in the span of 24 hours was a tough task for the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team, but they tackled the assignment at hand and used it to their advantage. With five wins over conference opponents, they are now on a seven-game winning streak. On Saturday, April 20, they made up a doubleheader with Trinity International University (Ill.) that was postponed earlier in the season. They beat the Trojans 6-2 and 4-0. The Tigers also moved into a tie for first place in the CCAC South Division.

In game one, Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) (3-3) went five innings, allowing two runs off four hits. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) recorded his ninth save of the year after two innings of work and struck out four.  

The Trojans (7-23, 3-13) threw Paul Grotelueschen (1-5), who gave up six runs — four earned — off 12 hits and walked two.

The Tigers (28-16, 17-8) scored one in the first inning when Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly and Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis) scored. TIU matched it with a score in the bottom of the second, and ONU took the lead in the top of the third when Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) scored on an error. The Trojans tied the game at two in the fifth, but it wasn’t for long. The Tigers went up 4-2 in the sixth when ONU executed a sacrifice bunt to score a run, and a fielder’s choice later in the at-bat scored another. The seventh inning gave the Tigers another opportunity as they added two more runs. Kern tripled, and Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled; and both of those runners eventually scored to make it 6-2. Lasowski struck out the side in the seventh to end the game.

Game two featured the Tigers' third shutout in their last seven games. They scored three runs in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.), Fahy and Schneider all ended up with RBIs. In the fourth inning, Hayes hit a sacrifice fly that scored Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.). In all, the Trojans had four one-two-three innings and were unable to get anything going all day.

The Tigers started hurler Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (7-1) in game two. He went a complete seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six.

The Trojans threw Jackson Faut (0-3) and Ben Hylander. Faut allowed four runs — three earned — off six hits and walked five.  

During the three game series, Dan Schneider was 7-for-9 with two runs and one RBI. Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) went 3-for-6 with one run and one RBI. Kern went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. Josh Altmann went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 24, starting at 12:30 p.m., with a doubleheader at home against Robert Morris University (Ill.)