BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
had just one hit in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) double
header with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Tuesday, April 8...but that
one hit was an opposite field home run that cleared the pines behind the right
field fence to give the Tigers an 8-6 come-from-behind victory. The No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University softball
team narrowly escaped suffering their first loss in the conference and ending
their winning streak, now at 24 games, playing the team that had just upset
then No. 4 St. Xavier University four days earlier.
In game one, the Tigers (24-2, 8-0) jumped on the Crimson
Wave early thanks for a grand slam over the left field fence in the bottom of
the first by senior Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) for an 8-0 five-inning win.
One pitch earlier, the Wave gambled on a foul ball to right field, letting the
ball fall to keep a run from scoring. Two innings later, senior Hannah Gardner
(Frankfort, Ill.) connected on her fifth home run of the season, plating two
more runs for the Tigers.
Senior Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved to 7-0 on
the season, picking up the complete game win. She allowed just four Crimson
Wave hits, while striking out four and walking none.
In game two, Calumet’s Kristen Ashby showed the Tigers they
weren’t done playing, connecting on two home runs and accounting for four of
the Wave’s six runs. The Crimson Wave took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the
sixth inning, but momentum changed on a questionable call at first base and the
Tiger’s never looked back, scoring seven runs to take the lead. Senior Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.),
junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) and Sendzik connected for two hits each
to go with Tatum’s home run.
Senior Caitlin Santefort (Mokena, Ill.) picked up her 11th
win of the season, throwing 2.2 innings in relief. Facing just 10 batters, she struck
out four and allowed just one hit. Junior Lindsay Stotler (Bloomington, Ill.)
started for Olivet, going 4.1 innings while allowing three hits. She struck out
four and walked one.
Olivet returns to action at 4:00 p.m. in CCAC action against
Robert Morris University. The two teams faced each other earlier this season in
non-conference action with the Tigers winning 8-0.