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