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2014-02-22 ONU splits with Mid-Continent with 7-2 win in second half of doubleheader
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Sophomore Josh Altmann four hits, two RBIs, and two runs on Saturday against Mid-Continent

ONU splits with Mid-Continent with 7-2 win in second half of doubleheader

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

MAYFIELD, Ky. — For the second straight weekend, inclement weather impeded the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team’s first of a three-game road series. On Friday, the Tigers game with Mid-Continent University (Ky.) was rained out, making the teams wait until Saturday to play. On Saturday, the Tigers split a doubleheader, losing game one 5-4 and winning the second 7-2.

In his third start of the season, senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-1) tossed four innings in game one, allowing five runs off seven hits. He struck out five. Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) pitched the final two innings allowing only one hit and walking one, while striking out three. Beckham gave up all five runs in the loss to the Cougars.

Before the first inning ended, Mid-Continent (4-4) already had a one-run lead from a Jimmy Braswell single that brought home Brock Hill. In the top of the third ONU (4-2) took the lead with two runs of their own on back-to-back singles by Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.). In the bottom of the inning, the Cougars tied the game on Braswell’s second RBI. Then, Argenis Salazar gave them the lead when he grounded out, driving in Todd Adams. The Tigers tied it up in the fourth with their first home run of the season off the bat of Codey Houts (Spring Lake, Mich.). However, the Cougars scored two more in the bottom half when Uriel Hawkins hit a two-run shot to make it 5-3. Hayes doubled in the fifth to bring home Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) to make a one-run game, but the next out ended the threat. Olivet only managed one more hit the rest of the game.

For the Tigers, sophomore Josh Altmann went 1-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Jordan Hayes had two hits and two RBIs. Codey Houts had a RBI and run and Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) scored a run.

Michael Edwards started game one for the Cougars and went 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs off three hits, walking three and striking out three. Jack Coleman (2-0) went 2 2/3 innings of relief allowing one run off two hits, but would gain the win. Justin Kittel (1) earned his first save of the year striking out the side in the seventh to preserve the win.

Mid-Continent finished with eight hits: Uriel Hawkins went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored. Brock Hills had two hits and scored two runs, while first baseman Jimmy Braswell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Argenis Salazar had one hit and the other RBI for the Cougars off a ground out.


For the second straight weekend and third time this season, senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (3-0) won a game for the Tigers. He went six innings allowing two runs off six hits, while striking out three. Madison Foster finished the final inning walking two and striking out one.

For the Cougars, Bill Shroeder (1-1) gave up four runs — two earned — off four hits, while walking three in the loss. Tyler Krough and Luke Deaton pitched the middle three innings and gave up only one hit, but Todd Adams gave up three more runs off four hits in the seventh inning to seal it for ONU.

Unlike game one, the Tigers scored first. In the second inning, before they even had  recorded a hit, the Tigers benefited from two errors and a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Wanner to take a 2-0 lead. In the third inning they made it 4-0 off of four hits, notably with a Madison Foster home run and a Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) triple that scored Jordan Hayes. In the sixth inning, Mid-Continent made it a two-run game when Adam Riley drove home Nick Borders and Dain Burress singled to score Hicks. However, in the seventh the Tigers shut the door with three insurance runs. Altmann singled for the first run, Klendworth grounded out to score Altmann, and Hayes scored a third time to make it 7-2.

For the visiting Tigers, Altmann had three hits, with one RBI and run. Foster had a RBI and run to go with his lone hit. Bryan Klendworth went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Aaron King went 1-for-2 with one run. Seth Gorman had a hit to go with his run scored.

The Tigers stole six bases and drew 10 walks on the day.

Mid-Continent managed six hits: Nick Borders went 2-for-3 with one run and Trevor Hicks had a hit and a run scored. Dain Burress went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Adam Riley had the other RBI.

ONU will be back on the field February 28 and March 1, on the road for a three-game set with Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) starting at 6 p.m. on Friday.