Senior Justin Fahy broke the single season stolen base record on Wednesday against Arizona Christian
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.).