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2014-04-08 Tigers narrowly miss upset by Crimson Wave; Tatum homers to keep winning streak intact
2014-04-08 Tigers narrowly miss upset by Crimson Wave; Tatum homers to keep winning streak intact

Tigers narrowly miss upset by Crimson Wave; Tatum homers to keep winning-streak intact

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 9:19 AM

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.