TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Hannah Gardner (Frankfort, Ill.) put
together quite a record setting week for the No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University
softball team on their annual spring break trip. On Thursday, March 13, she
broke the NAIA career RBI record and tied the Olivet career home run record. On
Friday, she connected for her fourth homer of the season to break the record.
Collectively, the Tigers finished up the week with a 12-game winning streak to
improve to 12-2 on the season.
The RBI record (260) had previously been held by Tiger alum
Corrie Allan (‘99), while the home run record (39) was held by current
assistant coach Jordan Reynolds (’12).
Friday, March 14
In the opener, the Tigers easily defeated Briar Cliff
University (Iowa) 11-5 despite being outhit by the Chargers 9-7. Briar Cliff
committed five errors on the game. Junior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) and
sophomore Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) each connected for two hits. Junior
Lindsay Stoterl (Bloomington, Ill.) picked up the win.
The Tigers bats came back to life for the nightcap,
finishing with 13 hits to beat Valley City State University (N.D.) 6-3. Senior
Virginia McAndrews (Wheaton, Ill.) improved her record to 4-0, going five
inning while allowing five hits. Senior Caitlin Santafort (Mokena, Ill.) picked
up her first save of the season, throwing the final two innings. Seniors
Justine Phillips (Metamora, Ill.) and Cheryl Sendzik (Mokena, Ill.) led Olivet
with three hits each, while Gardner and junior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.)
each added two. Gardner finished with three RBI’s, including two off of a sixth
inning home run.
Saturday, March 15
On the final day, Phillips got things going early for the
Tigers, going 3-for-3 in the opening 8-2 win over Dickinson State University
(N.D.). Megyesi also added two hits for the Tigers. Santefort picked up the win
in the circle, throwing a complete game. She allowed nine hits, while striking
out six and walking four.
Gardner, junior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Sendzik
combined to go 8-for-8 in the 3-4-5 spots of the lineup in game two, with seven
runs scored and seven RBI’s. Gardner connected for her fourth home run of the
season in the fourth inning. Phillips added a triple and a single, while
Megyesi added two hits. McAndrews picked up her fifth win of the season,
throwing all six innings while allowing just six hits and striking out four.
Olivet is scheduled for their home opener at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, weather permitting. The Tigers are to play a Chicagoland
Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Purdue University – North
Central on Tiger Field.