Senior Justin Fahy tied the program's single season stolen base record against Trinity Christian on Wednesday (43)
WHITING, Ind. — After a disappointing loss in their first
game of the CCAC Tournament, the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were anxious to
bounce back against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Wednesday morning, April 24. The
Tigers fell behind early to the sixth-seeded Trolls and came back within striking
distance. However, they were unable to take advantage of Troll miscues, losing 5-2 and ending their run at a postseason crown.
Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (6-5) was handed the ball for the Tigers (32-19)
and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs — three earned — off seven hits. He
struck out three and walked three. Paul
Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed only two
For the Trolls (23-21), Rick Tilquist (3-5) went seven strong
innings, allowing two runs — both unearned — off four hits and struck out six.
Mike Diebold went two innings in relief and earned his third save of the year.
Trinity Christian used two hits and an error with two outs in
the first inning to score two early runs. A double by John Pikes helped Cupery
and Miller score. From there, neither team was able to convert as the Tigers
were held hitless until the fifth inning. In the Trolls’ fourth inning, Joseph
Presutti homered to give the Trolls a 3-0 cushion. In the top half of the fifth, Dan Schneider (West Salem, Wis.) made
the Trolls pay for two errors, bringing home Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.). Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly that scored Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.). In the Trolls' sixth, Peter Krygsheld singled up the middle with two outs, and helped Brewer and
Flores score to make it 5-2. In the Tigers’ seventh, eighth and ninth inning
at-bats, they managed four hits and put three runners in scoring position, but they couldn’t score.
In the Tigers’ fifth inning, Justin Fahy stole second base,
his 43rd of the season, tying Kenny Davis for the single season ONU
For the Tigers, Fahy went 2-for-5 with one run, and Schneider
went 2-for-5 with one RBI. Matt Davenport went 1-for-2, and Kevin Lasowski went
Peter Krygsheld went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Steven Brewer
went 2-for-3 with a run. John Pikes added a two RBI hit.
ONU will wait and see when their next game will be as the
NCCAA Regional Tournament and World Series pairings are announced.