Freshman Jordan Hayes 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the Tigers' CCAC Tournament game vs. St. Francis (IL) on Tuesday
WHITING, Ind. — For the fourth year straight, the Tigers
prepared for the CCAC Tournament. In 2013, ONU opened the postseason tournament with
an afternoon nine-inning showdown against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.)
on Tuesday, April 30. After leading the entire game and taking a 7-5 lead going into the ninth inning, the Tigers gave up four runs to the Saints, eventually losing
9-7 in their first round game. It was only the Tigers’ second blown save of the
Senior Ben Heller (Whitewater,
Wis.) started for the Tigers (32-18), allowing four runs – three earned —
off six hits, striking out four. Steven
Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (8-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and
allowed the Saints’ four go-ahead runs — three earned — off five hits. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.)
gave up one hit and one unearned run in the ninth inning.
The Saints (30-22) started Adam Panayotovich, who went seven
innings, allowing six runs — five earned — off 11 hits. Kyle Cunningham (4-4)
pitched the final two innings, allowing only one run off one hit, and recorded
ONU got things going in the first and second innings, scoring
three early runs. Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) doubled in the first to
allow Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.) to
score. Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.)
singled to bring home Schneider. In the second, Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) put down a squeeze bunt that
allowed Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.)
to score. St. Francis scored in the third on a passed ball. ONU made it 4-1 in
the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.). Over the next three innings, the Saints
scored three runs when Jesse Gregurich homered and David Kuhne came home on a
wild pitch. They scored again in the sixth on a RBI by Witas. In the fifth, ONU
made it 5-3 on a Perez single and kept a two-run cushion in the seventh when
Schneider connected on his third hit. St. Francis made it 6-5 on a Feliciano
RBI down the left field line, but not before the Tigers matched the run in the
eighth to take a 7-5 lead when Hayes doubled to left center.
In the Saints' portion of the ninth, Wyss homered on a 3-2
count and was followed by a Kuhne single. Reichert singled to right, and
eventually Ruge provided the tying run on a single to left. With the bases
loaded and Matt Scott at the plate, a wild pitch allowed two runs to score. The
Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
For the Tigers, Fahy went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Schneider
went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Perez went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and
Jordan Hayes went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.
David Kuhne went 2-for-4 with three runs for the Saints.
Jesse Gregurich went 4-for-4 with one RBI and three runs.
ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m.
against Trinity Christian College (Ill.). The Tigers will need to win to stay
alive in the tournament.