Rough patch for Tigers; Finish 2-2 on the weekend
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 at 11:20 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 8 Olivet Nazarene University softball team played a bit of Jekyll and Hyde in their own Tiger Invitational on March 29-30. The Tigers (19-3) dominated the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, outscoring the Wolverines 29-4 in two games. Saturday was a different story when the Tigers faced Aquinas College (Mich.), dropping both games 4-3 and 7-4.
In the opening game, Olivet combined for 18 hits while cross the plate 19 times. Sophomore Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and three runs scored. Juniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) both finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, with Gardner adding three RBIs to Phillips’ one. Sophomore Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added two hits and four RBIs. Junior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up her sixth win on the season, throwing a five innings while allowing just three hits. She finished with five strike outs and one walk.
Butler stayed hot in game two, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Tatum added her first home run on the season, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior Caitlin Santefort (Frankfort, Ill.) improved her record in the circle to 8-0, allowing just five hits while striking out 11.
Day two as a completely different story for the Tigers, however. The Tigers entered the games with just 14 errors in their first 20 games, but committed five in the two games against Aquinas. Olivet was averaging 10.6 hits per game, but managed just 13 on the day.
Tatam accounted for three of the Tigers five hits in the opening game on Saturday. Sophomore Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up her first loss on the season on the mound, allowing six hits in six innings, striking out three and giving up one walk.
In the night cap, sophomore Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) went 2-for-4 at the plate, with a double and a run scored. McAndrews added her second loss on the season, allowing nine hits and seven runs in 6.1 innings.
Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, April 2 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play when the Saints of the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) come to Bourbonnais for a 3:00 double header. The Saints are coached by Tiger alums Amanda Jensen (’03) and Katie Hannagan (’12).