BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 12 Olivet Nazarene University
softball team extended their winning streak to 22-games and took over the sole
lead of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with four wins on
their home field on April4-5. On Friday afternoon, the Tigers downed Purdue
University – North Central in CCAC action 12-0 and 8-0 in a combined
10-innings. Then Olivet turned around and made equally as quick work of Trinity
Christian College in non-conference action, 8-0 and 9-1.
Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Jordy
Truelock teamed up to make game 1 with the Panthers quite exciting. Santefort
earned a complete game victory, facing just 16 batters. She struck out 11 while
yielding just one hit and no free passes. At the plate, Truelock accounted for
six of the runs as she connected for a home run and a grand slam to go 2-for-3
at the plate. Seniors Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik
(Mokena, Ill.) and junior Megan Butler also went 2-for-3, with Sendzik
connecting for a double.
In game 2 with Purdue-North Central, senior Hannah Gardner
(Frankfort, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) each went
3-for-3 at the plate, while Sendzik connected for two more hits. Megyesi
finished with four RBI’s and connected for her first home run of the season.
Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up the win, pitching a
complete game. She allowed just one hit, while striking out seven and walking
In game 1 with Trinity Christian on Saturday afternoon, Sendzik
continues where she left the evening before, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Truelock
added two hits and two RBIs, while Phillips and Gardner both connected for
doubles. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up the win, throwing
all six innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four.
The Trolls continued to struggle offensively in game 2, with
Santefort back in the circle. She finished the game with eight strikeouts,
while allowing just one hit and one walk. Three Tigers, juniors Erika Tatum
(Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) and freshman Kristina
Shaham (Plainfield, Ill.), stepped to
the plate and launched the ball over the fence. Phillips ended the game with
three hits and three RBI’s, while Gardner added two hits.
Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, April 8 as they host
Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in CCAC action. The Crimson Wave come to
town having just upset No. 4 St. Xavier University on Friday and nearly getting
the sweep, falling by one run in nine innings to the Cougars.