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2014-03-29 Purdue-North Central takes series from ONU in CCAC action
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Junior Ken DeCook pitched two scoreless innings of relief in Friday's game against Purdue-North Central

Purdue-North Central takes series from ONU in CCAC action

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After starting the CCAC portion of their season with two wins, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team played their first three-game series against south division opponent Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29. The Tigers dropped the first two (5-3 and 2-1) but managed to win game three 7-3 on the back of Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.), who continues to put together a great senior campaign.

Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers (9-15, 3-2) during the weekend series start with sophomore Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.), who continued his hot streak going 5-for-12 with three RBIs and a double. He leads the Tigers in eight different categories, including batting average and stolen bases (17). Freshman outfielder Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) went 3-for-10 with one RBI and one run scored. Freshman Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) had two hits in Friday’s game with one RBI and one run to go along with one hit in game one on Saturday. The Tigers’ leadoff batter, Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.), went 3-for-11 with one RBI and run scored.

For the Panthers (8-12, 2-1), centerfielder Cody Haver had four hits and three RBIs in the series. Shortstop Joe Czarnecki went 5-for-10 with three runs and one RBI.

Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-5) started on Friday for the Tigers and went seven innings allowing five runs — two earned — off nine hits. Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) pitched two innings of relief, striking out three. In game one on Saturday, freshman Dave Cerciola (Villa Park, Ill.) (1-5) went the distance, allowing only two runs off four hits and striking out eight. In the Tigers' win on Saturday, Fightmaster won his sixth game of the season after 8 2/3 innings of work, allowing only three runs — two earned — off 10 hits. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (1) earned his first save of the season in 1/3 inning of work.

In Friday’s game, Dan Snyder (3-1) went eight innings, allowing only three runs in his third win of the season. In the Panthers' second win of the series, Brendan Spongberg (2-2) pitched a complete game, striking out six while allowing only one run.

In all, the Tigers stole seven bases and finished with six errors.

ONU will be back on the field Tuesday, April 1, at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader against CCAC opponent Judson University (Ill.) in Elgin, Ill.