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2013-04-20 Tigers complete sweep of Crimson Wave with three complete game performances; only allow three runs
Jonathan Fightmaster (2)

Junior Jonathan Fightmaster threw a complete game two-hitter against Calumet-St. Joseph on Saturday

Tigers complete sweep of Crimson Wave with three complete game performances; allow only three runs

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In a three-game series with conference foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) that saw snow, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team gave up only three runs and a total of eight hits en route to a sweep. The Tiger pitching staff allowed only two earned runs in three complete game performances as the Crimson Wave bats were stifled in 23-2 (7), 12-1 (5) and 8-0 losses. Meanwhile, the Tigers scored 43 runs and had 36 hits.

The Tigers (26-16, 15-8) were in complete control of game one as they scored four runs in the first three innings and only one in return. They went on to score six more runs in the fourth off five hits and two errors, and went up 11-1 in the fifth. The Tigers blew things wide open in the sixth inning, scoring 12 runs off 10 hits and one error, leaving two on base. ONU had four extra base hits in the inning and eight in the game, including a home run by Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) in the first inning.

Freshman Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started game one (3-3) and went a complete seven innings, allowing only two runs — one earned — off three hits. He struck out eight in his third win of the year.

The Crimson Wave (5-33, 2-22) threw four pitchers and gave up 23 runs — 16 earned — off 23 hits. They walked seven and struck out seven.

In game two, Ben Heller (Whitwater, Wis.) (7-3) won his seventh game of the year going the distance. He allowed only one run off three hits and struck out seven.

The Crimson Wave threw Sergio Esquivia (1-5), and he gave up 12 runs — 10 earned — 11 hits and walked 10.

In the first inning, the Tigers trailed as the Crimson Wave scored a run in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Olivet responded by scoring five runs off three hits and took advantage of two errors. Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) blasted his ninth home run of the year and 26th of his career (third all-time) to make it 3-0. ONU tacked on three more in the second to make it 8-0 and four more in the fourth to go up 12-1. Between those two innings, the Tigers produced six hits, five of which were singles. Also in the fourth, there was a delay for snow. The Crimson Wave was unable to get back within at least nine runs, so the game ended after 4½ innings.

Game three was on Saturday morning at Watson Field. The Tigers were hosting the first of three games again that day. The Tigers put together seven runs in the first two innings and were in charge the whole way. They stole nine bases, three of which were Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) as he continues his record-setting year on the base paths. ONU scored one more time in the fourth when Joel Yates (Fairview Heights, Ill.) scored because of an error to make it 8-0, and the Tiger’s starter Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) kept the Crimson Wave bats quiet the rest of the way.

Fightmaster (6-3) pitched and finished his fourth complete game, allowing only two hits in seven innings. He struck out three, forced 10 ground outs and eight fly balls, and threw only 65 pitches.

Calumet-St. Joseph threw four pitchers and allowed eight runs — seven earned — off four hits, and they walked seven.

During the three game series, Dan Schneider was 5-for-9 with six runs and six RBIs. Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) went 6-for-10 with six runs and five RBIs. Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) went 6-for-11 with two runs and five RBIs. Kern went 4-for-7 with five RBIs and six runs. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) went 5-for-11 with five RBIs and two runs.

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.)