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2013-05-15 Tigers earn first win at NCCAA World Series, Fahy sets stolen base record
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Senior Justin Fahy broke the single season stolen base record on Wednesday against Arizona Christian

Tigers earn first win at NCCAA World Series, Fahy sets stolen base record

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

MASON, Ohio — It was not only the beginning of the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team’s run toward a NCCAA World Series crown, but a historic day for senior Justin Fahy (Fargo, N.D.). During the Tigers fifth straight world series opener, he broke the program’s single season stolen base record (44). The Tigers went on to beat Arizona Christian University 9-1.

Junior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (9-2) was handed the ball for the Tigers (33-19). He pitched his fifth complete game of the 2013 season, allowing only one run off eight hits. He struck out three and walked two.

For the Firestorm (29-26), Mike Lachappelle (6-7) went four innings, allowing six runs — four earned — off six hits and struck out three. Kevin Collinge and Jack Sherman pitched the final three innings. Collinge allowed three runs off five hits.

After falling behind 1-0 following the first inning, the Tigers put up a four-spot in the top of third. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) used a sac bunt to bring home two runners, Ryan Kern (Bloomington, Ill.) and Adrian Perez (Chicago, Ill.). Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) later tripled to score Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.). The Tigers went up 6-1 in the fourth after Kern doubled and Fahy scored. Sauder later doubled, and Kern was able to score. ONU benefited from Beckham’s good day on the mound and went up by the final score of 9-1 in the sixth after putting together four more hits. Matt Davenport (Swayzee, Ind.) doubled with two runners on for a two-RBI extra-base hit. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) then singled to score Sauder.

In the Tigers’ first inning, Justin Fahy stole second base, his 44th of the season. He broke former Tiger Kenny Davis’ single season stolen base record set in 1990. Fahy now has 107 career steals.

For the Tigers, Ryan Kern went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs. Josh Altmann went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Aaron King went 2-for-4 with a RBI, and Adrian Perez had a hit and two runs.

Chris Russell went 3-for-4 with one run, and Joel Thys had the lone RBI for the Firestorm. Four other players had one hit on the day.

ONU continues pool play at 8 p.m. (EST) against No. 2-seeded Campbellsville University (Ky.).

Boxscore:  http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/games/2013/onubb52.htm