Freshman Bryan Klendworth had two hits, two RBIs and one run on Saturday, including an assist to home in game two
MCKENZIE, Tenn. — The Olivet
Nazarene University baseball team had not played since October 19, and was eager to start the spring season after the winter the Chicagoland area has seen. However,
the Tigers could not escape the weather, as their season opener on Friday was rained out, leading to to a twin bill on Saturday, Feb. 15.
ONU traveled to play Bethel University (Tenn.) and in game one
were not able to get the bats going, losing 2-1
on a walk-off single for the Wildcats. They evened the score in game two
shutting out the home team 5-0.
In the Tigers’ (3-1) first game back since the fall, senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-0) took
the hill. Beckham went six innings,
allowing only one run, while striking out eight. Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) threw the last inning allowing the
game-winning run for Bethel. He walked two and gave up two hits.
Through the first three innings of the game the Tigers (3-1)
only managed one hit. In the bottom of the third inning the Wildcats’ (3-1)
Lance Jarreld singled to bring the first run of the game. Two innings later the
Tigers were able to tie the game with back-to-back doubles from Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) and Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.). Both teams were quiet as the game remained tied at one run apiece, until
the bottom of the seventh when Cericola came in relief and loaded the bases. Ryan Huber singled, driving in Powell, to win the game
For the Tigers, junior
Aaron King went 1-for-4 with the Tigers’ lone RBI. Sophomore Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), Gabriel Sevigny
(Terre Haute, Ind.), Bryan
Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Jordan Wanner each had a hit. Wanner
scored the lone run for the Tigers.
Gary Ward started for the Wildcats and went five innings
allowing the Tigers’ lone run on five hits, while striking out nine. Michael
Freeman pitched the sixth inning striking out two, and Garrett Perry (1-0) won
the game in the seventh with two strikeouts.
The Wildcats’ third baseman Ryan Huber went 2-for-4 with an
RBI, and shortstop Gadier Charriez when 1-for-3 with a run scored. Lance Jarreld had the
other RBI for the Wildcats.
The Tigers’ were able to even up the doubleheader in game two when senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais,
Ill.) (2-0) went the distance to gain his second win of the year. He only
allowed five hits while striking out four.
Blake Chandler (1-1) started for the Wildcats and
allowed one run off two hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and
walked one. Hayden Smith and Logan Dietz finished the last two innings allowing
four runs — three earned — off three hits, walking three.
Identical to game one, Olivet struggled to start the game
well, only managing one hit in the first two innings. In the third inning, the Tigers
got on the board when Madison
Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled to score Aaron King, who had stolen second.
In the bottom of the inning, Bethel had second and third with one out, but an
assist from Bryan Klendworth to home saved a run. Neither team was able score again until the sixth inning when ONU’s Klendworth’s double scored
the Tigers’ second run and Seth Gorman’s
(Newburgh, Ind.) groundout scored a third. Olivet benefited from one
hit and one error. In the seventh inning Klendworth and Altmann each walked to
score two more for Olivet, making it 5-0 and sealing the victory for the Tigers.
Aaron King scored two of the Tigers’ five runs. ONU’s
designated hitter Madison Foster went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Altmann went
1-for-2 with one run and RBI. Klendworth had a hit, a run and two RBIs.
Jordan Wanner went 1-for-3 with one run.
The Wildcats’ Gadier Charriez went 2-for-3 and three other
Wildcats had a hit.
ONU will be back on the field action February 21-22, on the
road for a three-game set with Mid-Continent University (Ky.).