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2014-04-05 Tigers extend winning streak to 22; Pick up wins over Panthers and Trolls
2014-04-05 Tigers extend winning streak to 22; Pick up wins over Panthers and Trolls

Tigers extend winning streak to 22; Pick up wins over Panthers and Trolls

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, April 07, 2014 at 11:29 PM

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 just one.

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.