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2013-03-12 Santefort, Phillps sweep first CCAC weekly honors
Santefort, Phillips sweep first CCAC weekly softball awards

Juniors Caitlin Santefort and Justine Phillips sweep first weekly CCAC honors.

Santefort, Phillips sweep first CCAC weekly honors

Author: Wendy Reid/Dave Laketa, CCAC Commissioner
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) could not have gotten off to a much better start to the 2013 season, leading the Tigers to a 13-1 mark en route to gaining the first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) weekly honors of the spring season, which were announced Tuesday, March 12.

Phillips was named the CCAC Player of the Week, while Santefort claimed CCAC Pitcher of the Week accord.

Phillips, a junior shortstop, opened her Tiger career by hitting safely in each of her team's 14 games on her way to batting .500 for the week (28-for-56) with an average of two hits per contest. She also scored at least one run in 13 of those 14 games registering 23 runs all told, or better than 1.6 per game.

Among Phillips' 28 hits, nearly one-third went for extra bases with five doubles and three triples leading to a .696 slugging percentage. She also drove in nine runs and stole eight bases in nine attempts.

Phillips' best game came in an 11-10 victory over Northwestern College (Iowa) on March 7 when she went 5-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and four runs batted in. It was one of eight games in which she produced multiple hits.

Santefort, a junior pitcher, was unbeatable. She did not allow a run in 23 1/3 innings in a week in which she went 5-0 with one save and four shutouts in six appearances. She also gave up a mere 13 hits overall for a .167 opponents' batting average.

Santefort, who struck out 17 batters against just four walks, tossed her shutouts against Peru State College (Neb.) (9-0 on Mar. 6), NAIA No. 22-ranked William Penn University (Iowa) (11-0 on Mar. 8), Hope International University (Calif.) (9-0 on Mar. 8) and Arizona Christian University (19-0 on Mar. 9). In each of the latter three games, she allowed the opposition just two hits.

Olivet Nazarene, whose only loss was an 11-10 contest to William Penn on the first day of the trip (Mar. 4), has rung up 12 straight victories. The Tigers are ranked No. 12 in the latest poll.
Story as posted on on March 12, 2013.