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2014-03-01 Tigers swept by Trevecca Nazarene in weekend series
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Freshman Jordan Wanner had three hits and one RBI this weekend against Trevecca Nazarene

Tigers swept by Trevecca Nazarene in weekend series

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 at 9:01 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In three straight weekends, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team has attempted to play a three-game set on the road, but weather has canceled the first of each series. However, on Friday, Feb. 28, the Tigers were able to get in game one against Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.). Olivet dropped game one 13-2, but had a doubleheader on Saturday to win the series. The Trojans were able to keep the Tiger bats at bay, winning 3-0 and 3-2 in games two and three.

Head Coach Todd Reid sent out freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (0-2) for the first start of his career. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs — three earned — off six hits, walking three. He struck out four. Sophomore Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing only three unearned runs off three hits. Freshman Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) finished the final inning allowing four runs —three earned — off three hits.  

Michael Purcell (3-0) started for the Trojans (10-2) and went six innings, allowing one run off three hits while striking out nine. Justin Dailey finished the game, going three innings and allowing only one run.

Through the first three innings, the score was 4-1 in the Trojans' favor; the ONU (4-5) run was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cole Keeley (Indianapolis, Ind.). The Tigers wouldn’t score again until the seventh inning, but not after the Trojans put up a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth. Three hits and three errors by the Tiger defense attributed Trevecca’s big inning. Aaron King’s (Pekin, Ill.) ground-out RBI in the seventh made it 9-2, but it was not enough for ONU. The Trojans scored four more in the eighth with three hits and two errors.

For the Tigers, sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) went 2-for-4, and Gabriel Sevigny (Terre Haute, Ind.) went 1-for-4 with one run scored. Aaron King and Cole Keeley had the Tiger RBIs. The Tigers had seven errors and stole three bases.

Trevecca’s Nick Howell went 3-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs. Clayton Nichols had two hits to go along with his three RBIs and two runs scored. Ethan Hurt went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored.

The following day, senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-2) started and went six innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off six hits, striking out seven. Madison Foster pitched two innings, allowing one hit.

For the Trojans, Bryan Smith (2-1) gave up only three hits in eight innings, striking out eight. Michael Donaldson recorded his first save of the year in the ninth inning, allowing only one hit and forcing two fly ball outs.

In the first inning, the Tigers squandered a good chance to get on the board early with two hits, but the Trojans got out of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, they scored two runs of their own on a Hunter Newman two-run home run. Over the next four innings, only two hits were recorded as both starting pitchers took care of business until the bottom of the sixth when Ethan Hurt singled, scoring an unearned run for the Trojans. The Tigers managed only one hit the remaining three innings.

For the Tigers, Aaron King, Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) and Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) each had one hit.

Trevecca Nazarene managed seven hits: Ryan Arington went 2-for-4 with one run, and Hunter Newman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run. Ethan Hurt had one hit and one RBI.

Senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (3-1) lost his first game of the year in game three of the series, pitching a complete game of six innings and allowing three runs — one earned — off seven hits.  

Senior Alex Shoulders (2-1) started for the Trojans, pitching six innings and allowing two runs off seven hits, striking out five. John Bolton (1) finished the seventh inning, allowing two hits for his first save of the year.  

For the second straight game, the third straight game in the series, the Trojans got on the board first. In the first inning, Tichenor scored on a throwing error to make it 1-0. The Tigers responded in the third inning when Jordan Wanner singled to score Seth Gorman. The Tigers took the lead the following inning when Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) doubled and Altmann scored. Trevecca tied the game in the bottom half on an Arington RBI single, making it 2-2. It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when Boyett doubled and Newman scored for the go-ahead run. In the seventh, the Tigers had second and third with one out, but a ground ball and strike out ended the game.

At the plate, Josh Altmann went 2-for-3 with one run, and Jordan Wanner had two hits and one RBI. Bryan Klendworth had a RBI hit.

The Trojans’ shortstop went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Cameron Boyett went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

ONU will be back on the field Monday, March 10, in Tucson, Ariz., for a doubleheader against the University of Jamestown (N.D.) at 4 p.m. (MST).