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2014-03-29 Tigers pick up 2 wins at ONU Invite
2014-03-29 Tigers pick up 2 wins at ONU Invite

Tigers pick up two wins at ONU Invite

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 11 Olivet Nazarene University softball team picked up two wins in the weather shortened ONU Invite on Saturday, March 29. The Tigers downed Purdue University – Calumet (Ind.) 2-0 before beating Robert Morris University (Ill.) 8-0 in five innings behind the strong pitching arms of seniors Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) and Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.).

In the opener, Santefort went the distance to pick up her sixth win of the season. She allowed just three hits in seven innings, while striking out five and allowing five walks. Offensively, the Tigers were held to just four hits. Sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) connected for a double, while seniors Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) each added a single.

In the night cap, McAndrews improved to 5-0 on the season, throwing all five innings. She allowed just two hits and struck out four, while allowing just one walk. The bats woke up as the Tiger’s connected for 12 hits. Gardner connected for two doubles, while junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added one. Sophomore Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a triple, while junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) added three singles. Sendzik went 2-for-3 with a team-leading three RBIs.

Olivet (14-2) will open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, April 1 at the University of St. Francis (Ill.). Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. The Tigers swept the Fighting Saints in their three contests a season ago, including knocking them out of the CCAC Tournament with a 10-2 win.