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2014-03-15 ONU finishes Arizona trip with win over Briar Cliff
2014 Bryan Klendworth (2)

Freshman Bryan Klendworth led the Tigers with 10 RBIs and a .556 slugging percentage this week

ONU finishes Arizona trip with win over Briar Cliff

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM
2014 Jonathan Fightmaster (2)

Senior Jonathan Fightmaster went 1-1 in Arizona allowing only seven earned runs in two starts

TUCSON, Ariz. — For the first time in three seasons, Head Coach Todd Reid led the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team west for their annual spring break trip. The Tigers traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for 10 games in six days against fellow NAIA teams. ONU finished 2-8 overall, winning its last game on Saturday afternoon, March 15.

On Monday, March 10, the Tigers led off the series with a doubleheader against the University of Jamestown (N.D.) (6-2). ONU fell in both games, 10-7 and 10-3. They looked to rebound with two wins on Tuesday afternoon against Mt. Marty College (S.D.) (7-3), but lost two one-run games, 4-3 and 6-5. 

Following their only day off during the week, Olivet matched up with Dakota State University (S.D.) (4-10). The Tigers earned their first win on Thursday 7-2, but fell in game two 4-3. Friday, March 14, was the only day that ONU did not play a true doubleheader, but did play two games. In game one against Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) (9-7), the Tigers lost 7-1. In game two against Valley City State University (N.D.), the team (6-9) lost their fourth one-run game of the week, 5-4. On its final day of the series, Olivet took the field against Briar Cliff University (Iowa) (7-11) for a doubleheader. On Saturday morning, the Tigers lost 3-2 in game one and won game two 5-3.

Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers during the week started with freshman Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.). He finished 11-for-27 starting in all 10 games, batting .407 with two doubles and 10 RBIs, including an insurance run in the fifth inning during Saturday’s second game and four RBIs in the Tigers' first win against Dakota Wesleyan. He finished with a .556 slugging percentage and three runs scored. Freshman Jackson Batts (Spring Arbor, Mich.) led the Tigers batting .480 and stole four bases in nine games. He had 12 hits, bringing in three, and finished with 13 total bases.

Sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started all 10 games, walking four times, reaching base 14 times on 12 hits and scoring six times. He batted .387 and had a .472 on-base percentage. Freshman Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) led the Tigers with 17 total bases (three doubles, two triples), starting in nine games. He scored seven times and with 10 hits. The Tigers' starting shortstop, sophomore Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), led the team with seven stolen bases and three doubles. He had two hits and two runs scored against Briar Cliff on Saturday.

The Tigers' pitching staff had 10 different arms see action this week, with six different Tigers starting for ONU. Senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) (4-2) started two games, going 13 innings and allowing nine runs — seven earned — off 22 hits. He struck out nine, finishing with a 4.85 ERA and went 1-1, winning the Tigers’ last game by throwing a complete game. Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-4) threw 13 1/3 innings over two starts against Mt. Marty and Briar Cliff. He allowed seven runs — six earned — off 16 hits and struck out eight.

Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (0-4) started twice for ONU, throwing 10 innings and allowing 13 runs — six earned — off 14 hits and struck out 11. Madison Foster (1-0) won in his first appearance of the year against Dakota Wesleyan, throwing a complete game, only allowing two innings off five hits. Jordan Wanner started twice (0-1), throwing 9 1/3 innings and allowing nine runs — eight earned — off 13 hits. Sophomore Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) threw 2 2/3 innings in three appearances of relief, allowing three runs. Junior Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.), sophomore Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Webber (Kankakeee, Ill.) each threw multiple innings as well.

In all, the Tigers stole 23 bases, batted .299, finished with 10 errors and a .967 fielding percentage.

ONU will be back on the field Saturday, March 22, at Watson Field against CCAC opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.

Bxscore: All 10 boxscores from spring break trip can be found at