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2014-04-01 Tigers take two from Fighting Saints in CCAC action
2014-04-01 Tigers take two from Fighting Saints in CCAC action

Tigers take two from Fighting Saints in CCAC action

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 11:01 AM

JOLIET, Ill. – The first four batters in the lineup for the No. 12 Olivet Nazarene University softball team have a combined batting average of .637 and account for 32 of the Tigers 54 extra base hits. Very rarely does the opposition hold this foursome to a 1-for 15 game at the plate, but that’s exactly what the University of Saint Francis (Ill.) did in game one of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opener on Tuesday, April 1. Despite the lower-than-usual performance of their batting leaders at the plate, the Tigers managed a 10-2, six inning victory thanks for five Fighting Saints errors, three wild pitches and three hit batsman. Olivet made a clean sweep of the day, winning game two 14-1 in five innings.

The Tigers (16-2, 2-0) proved that they were strong from top-to-bottom as the second half of the lineup combined for 10 hits, led by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) also went 3-for-4 with a double and four runs scored. Freshman Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) connected for two hits.

Junior Lindsey Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) went the distance for the Tigers in the circle, finishing with six strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three walks. The win improved her season record to 4-1.

In the night cap, the top of the batting order contributed a bit more. Junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, six RBIs and two runs scored to the lead the Tigers. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) added a 3-for-4 performance with four runs scored. Sendzik connected for her first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seven run fifth inning.

Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) improved to 7-1 on the season with the complete game win. She struck out four while allowing no free passes. She allowed just three Fighting Saints hits.

Olivet will return to action at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 to take on Purdue University – North Central in CCAC action. The Tigers beat the Panthers in both meetings last season, winning 13-0 and 11-0 on April 3, 2013.