Gardner connects for walk-off grand slam; Tigers sweep Eagles
Author: Jenna Haenni/Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The weather did not deter the No. 17 Olivet Nazarene University softball team from sweeping RV Judson University (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 16 at Tiger Field. The wind and almost constant drizzle may have caused the weather to be a little chilly, but the Tigers were hot, winning both games in the two game series. Olivet completed the sweep with an 8-0, six-inning victory in game one, and followed it up with an 8-2 win in game two. The wins put the Tigers alone in second place in the Chicagoland Christian Athletic Conference (CCAC), a game behind No. 13 Saint Xavier University (Ill.).
In the first game, Olivet started off strong, scoring two runs in the first inning. The game remained stagnant until the sixth inning with neither team scoring until freshman Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) stepped up to the plate. Megyesi hit a home run to start the rally of scoring for the Tigers. With the bases loaded with runners, junior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) ended the game with a walk-off grand slam. This was Gardner’s third homerun of the year, making her just six home runs away from becoming the all-time home run leader for Olivet.
Sophomore Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up her 10th win on the season, throwing a complete game. She allowed just five hits, while striking out two.
The second game faired much in the same manner as the first. The Tigers scored three runs on three hits in the first inning. Olivet was led by junior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) who finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double. Gardner added two hits and three RBIs.
Junior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved to 10-3 on the season. She allowed six hits and two earned runs, while striking out three and walking one.
Olivet (32-4, 11-1) is schedule to play Robert Morris University (Ill.) Wednesday, April 17. The first game begins at 3 p.m. at Tiger Field in Bourbonnais, with the second game beginning at 5 p.m.