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2014-04-17 Gardner breaks NAIA RBI record, ONU HR record; Tigers return 12-2
2014-04-17 Gardner breaks NAIA RBI record, ONU HR record; Tigers return 12-2

Gardner breaks NAIA RBI record, ONU HR record; Tigers return 12-2

Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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.