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2014-04-04 Tigers drop series opener against Crimson Wave 10-5
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Sophomore Josh Altmann totaled three hits and two RBIs on Friday

Tigers drop series opener against Crimson Wave 10-5

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 10:46 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On a windy overcast day the Olivet Nazarene University hosted CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The Crimson Wave was scheduled to host the game, but rain earlier in the week moved the game to Watson Field. Olivet entered the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead before surrendering five runs, eventually leading to a 10-5 loss.

Senior Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) (1-6) started his ninth game for the Tigers (9-18, 3-5), going 6 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs — six earned — off 11 hits, while striking out five. Sophomore Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) came in his sixth relief appearance of the season and allowed two runs off two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Francisco Unzueta (2-1) pitched a complete game for the Crimson Wave (8-18-1, 3-5) throwing north of 160 pitches. He allowed five runs — three earned — off nine hits, striking out two.

The game remained scoreless until the the top of the third inning when Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) singled following a J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) double to make it 1-0. In the bottom of the inning the Crimson Wave took a two-run lead, highlighted by a double from Cesar Mari that drove in two. ONU was able to tie it in the fifth with two outs off back-to-back doubles by Batts and Altmann, also scoring Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.). Olivet scored a fourth in the sixth and a fifth in the seventh when J.P. Batts tripled and made it home on a throwing error to make it 5-3. However, in the bottom of the seventh the Crimson Wave scored five runs off five hits and two errors to take a commanding three-run lead that would not be matched by ONU. Thomas Mosley tacked on two more runs in the eighth on a single to make it 10-5.

For the Tigers, Batts went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs, totaling seven bases. Altmann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Foster had one hit to go along with one run scored and Seth Gorman (Newburgh, Ind.) scored a run for ONU.

At the plate for the Crimson Wave, Reinhold Navas went 2-for-5 with two runs, Jesus Alvarez went 2-for-3, and Cesar Mari went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Evan Frantini led the team with three hits and one RBI and Thomas Mosley went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

ONU will be back on the field tomorrow, April 5, at home against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 12:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.