Sophomore Jordan Hayes hit a two-run triple in game one that tied the game at 2-2
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It was an unusual setting and situation for
head coach Todd Reid and the ONU baseball team. The Tigers opened the 2014
season in the 2013 calendar year with a doubleheader with Purdue
University-Calumet (Ind.) on Saturday, Oct. 19. Olivet walked away 2-0 to begin
the season after defeating the first-year program Peregrines 5-3 and 13-7.
Seniors Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon,
Ill.) and Jonathan Fightmaster
(Bourbonnnais, Ill.) both recorded wins for the Tigers.
In the Tigers’ (2-0) season-opening victory senior Steven
Beckham (1-0) went the distance throwing seven innings allowing three unearned runs
on six hits. He struck out eight batters on 92 pitches.
Over the first two innings both teams tallied two hits
apiece but it wasn’t until the third inning was the first run scored.
Purdue-Calumet (0-2) put together a two-run inning when Anthony Napoli reached second
on an error and Cole Garcia brought him home on a single. Eventually a sacrifice fly
by Anthony Colosimo scored Garcia. In the bottom of the inning ONU responded, scoring
three runs to take the lead. Trey
Ballard (Champaign, Ill.) and Josh
Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) both reached and each stole the next base. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) tripled
to score both to tie the game. Next up was junior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.), who singled to score Hayes.
In the fourth inning the Peregrines were able to tie the
game after Matt Sandoval reached third on a passed ball and Thomas Gaede grounded out to
score the tying run. It wasn’t until the fifth inning when the Tigers broke the
tie. Altmann, Hayes, and King each walked to load the bases; Altmann scored on
a wild pitch. The fifth run came on a single by Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scoring Hayes.
For the Tigers, Ballard went 1-for-3 with one run. Altmann
went 1-for-1 with two runs and Hayes went 1-for-1 with two runs and RBIs. King
and Klendworth each had a hit and RBI.
Anthony Spangler (0-1) started for the Peregrines and went
four innings allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out
three. Mike Poulos and Aurelio Cazares pitched in relief allowing two runs off
Cole Garcia finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and run. Three
others had one hit.
The Tigers started Jonathan Fightmaster (1-0) in game two.
He went five innings allowing five runs — four earned — off seven hits. He
struck out two on 69 pitches. Sophomore Madison
Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched the final two innings, allowing two
unearned runs off five hits.
Zac Miller (0-1) started for the Peregrines and went 3 1/3
innings allowing five runs — four earned — off five hits. Aurelio Cazares
allowed eight runs — five earned — off five hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief, and
Cody Roberts finished the game.
Following the third inning the Tigers trailed 5-2 after
Altmann singled to drive home Ballard. However, the Tigers exploded in the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, they scored
six runs off three hits and two errors. Freshman first baseman Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) got things
started with a single and RBI to score King who led off the inning with a walk.
Eventually Jordan Hayes reached on an error with two outs allowing Foster and
Ballard to score. In the fifth inning the Tigers scored five more. Three
straight hits by Klendworth, Gorman, and Gabriel
Savigny (Terre Haute, Ind.) allowed ONU baserunners for Savigny, freshman Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.), Altmann,
and King to drive home. Wanner’s sacrifice scored two. Purdue-Calumet
scored two in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.
Ballard went 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Altmann went
2-for-3 with one RBI and run. Seth Gorman finished 2-for-3 with two runs and
RBIs. Freshman Gabriel Savigny went 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs. King
went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
ONU will be back in regular season action February 14-15, on the road for a three game set with Bethel