Olivet advances in NAIA Opening Round; Gardner continues streak
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Junior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) not only extended her hit steak to 33 games with a single in her first at-bat of the NAIA Opening Round, but she also added a grand slam and a two RBI double. Gardner’s six RBIs helped No. 14 Olivet Nazarene University to a 7-2 win over No. 25 Indiana University –Southeast.
Despite the early hit by Gardner, the Grenadiers kept the Tiger off the scoreboard until the top of the fifth inning. Olivet took advantage of a walk and two hit batters to load the bases for Gardner. With an 0-1 count, she put the ball over the center field fence to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead and just the team’s second hit of the game.
IU-Southeast came right back in the bottom of the fifth with a home run of their own off the bat of Jade Detzer, pulling the game back to within two. Olivet added two more runs in the top of the sixth off of a walk by sophomore Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.), single off the bat of junior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and a double by Gardner. Freshman Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) added the final run with a solo home run in top of the seventh.
Sophomore Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) improved to 15-1 on the season. She pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits. She finished with four strike outs and two walks. Junior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up her second save of the season, throwing the final three innings. She kept the Grenadiers scoreless, striking out one.
Olivet (47-7) will face No. 3 Lee University (Tenn.) at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The Flames enter the game 45-9, after defeating Bethel College (Ind.) 3-1 in their opening game. The winner will sit and wait to play on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) against whoever survives the loser’s bracket. The loser will stay and play again at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of the IU-Southeast/Bethel College match-up.