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2014-04-05 ONU takes series from Crimson Wave on Saturday, Fightmaster strikes out 11 in game two
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Freshman Dave Cericola won his second game in his fifth start on Saturday

ONU takes series from Crimson Wave on Saturday, Fightmaster strikes out 11 in game two

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The weather gave the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team something it had not experienced yet in 2014, a beautiful day. The Tigers hosted Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in the second and third game of the CCAC weekend series. In game one, the Tigers out-scored the Crimson Wave 13-7 to tie the series. In game two, senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnas, Ill.) threw a nine-inning shutout, striking out a career-high 11 batters to gain win No. 7 and take the series.

Freshman Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-5) started his fifth game of the season, throwing 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs off nine hits and walked walking four in his second win. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) threw an inning of relief, allowing one run off one hit. Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1) earned his first save of the season, throwing 1 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

Mitchell Dubois (1-4) started for Calumet-St. Joseph (8-20-1, 3-7). He went three innings allowing eight runs — six earned — off six hits. Michael Matuszczak went two innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off three hits. Garrett Stanley finished the final inning and allowed two unearned runs off one hit.

Six runs crossed the plate in the first two innings, with the Tigers (11-8, 5-5) taking a 4-2 lead. Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fourth, when ONU scored big. The team put up a five-spot off of five hits and five different players with RBIs. However, the 9-2 lead did not last long, as the Crimson Wave scored four in the next inning to make it 9-6. Luis Rondon’s single scored two and Mikyl Flemming brought home one. The Tigers took advantage of  three errors and defensive miscues to score four more runs over the next two innings, making it a 13-7 game.

For the Tigers, J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) stayed hot in the series going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs. Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) went 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI. Madison Foster scored twice and Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) had two RBIs and one run to go with his lone hit.

At the plate for the Crimson Wave, Flemming went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Cesar Mari went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Rondon went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Joseph Romero had one hit, RBI, and run each.


In his seventh win of the season, senior Jonathan Fightmaster (7-2) pitched his third complete game, won his fourth straight decision and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts. He allowed only five hits and walked one.

Calumet-St. Joseph started Sergio Esquivia (0-6), who went four innings allowing three runs off five hits, walking six. Jorge Melero went 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off four hits, and Michael Ryerson pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run.

ONU began to build its lead in the fourth inning. Batts doubled to score one and the Tigers used sacrifices to score two more. Fightmaster did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth, but the Crimson Wave could not get anything going. In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers tacked on four more runs off of four singles, including RBIs by Altmann and Wanner. Fightmaster continued to cruise the final three innings, allowing only two hits. The Tigers added an unearned run in the eighth to take an 8-0 lead.

For the Tigers, J.P. Batts again was solid at the plate with three hits, one RBI and two runs. He finished with 15 total bases and four extra-base hits in the series (.714 slugging percentage). Wanner scored twice, had one hit and walked three times. Altmann went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run, and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases.

At the plate for the Crimson Wave, five players recorded one hit, including centerfielder Mikyl Flemming who had five in the series.

ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 9, at home against CCAC opponent Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 1:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.