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2013-10-19 ONU opens season with two wins over Purdue-Calumet, Beckham and Fightmaster earn wins
2013 Jonathan Fightmaster (1)

Senior Jonathan Fightmaster won game two for the Tigers on Saturday

ONU opens season with two wins over Purdue-Calumet, Beckham and Fightmaster earn wins

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM
2013 Jordan Hayes (1)

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 one hit.

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 University (Tenn.).