Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, April 08, 2013 at 11:07 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. –The No. 19 Olivet Nazarene University softball team took matters into their own hands after falling 11 spots in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. The Tigers completed a perfect 4-0 sweep of the Tiger’s own ONU Invitational held April 6-7 and finished the week 10-0.
Olivet (29-3, 8-0) was led by senior Bethany Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) who finished the weekend batting .583 (7-for-12) with an on-base percentage of .667. Junior pitcher, Caitlin Santefort (Frankfort, Ill.) finished 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. She allowed just seven hits in two appearances, striking out 13 and allowing just four walks.
The Tigers opened the four game sweep with a 5-0 win over Roosevelt University (Ill.). Olivet combined for just six hits in the game, but took advantage of the Lakes three errors. Holaway was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) connected for a double in the winning effort. Santefort recorded her 11th win on the season, allowing just three hits in the contest.
In game two, Olivet defeated Trinity Christian College (Ill.) 4-1 with five Tigers connecting for a total of 10 hits. Holaway, juniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and sophomore Megan Bulter (Frankfort, Ill.) each connected for two hits. Sophomore Lindsay Stotler (Bloomingdale, Ill.) improved to 8-1 on the season, pitching a complete game. She allowed just five hits, while striking out nine and walking one.
On Saturday, the Tigers picked up right where they left off, defeating Trinity Christian 5-0. Santefort improved to 12-0 on the season with a four hit complete game. Sophomore Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Phillips led the offense, both going 2-for-4.
In the final game of the weekend, the Tiger defeated Roosevelt 3-1 despite being out hit 7-6 by the Lakers and committing three errors. Holaway finished the game 3-for-4, accounting for half of the Tiger hits. Junior Virginia McAndrews held on to record her ninth win of the season, allowing seven hits. She finished with eight strike outs and allowed no walks.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, April 9 when they travel to Whiting, Ind. to take on Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.