|Robert Morris-IL (26-27)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||7||4|
|Olivet Nazarene Univ (32-18)||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||X||4||9||2|
|Elgin, Ill. Hoffer Field|
|Robert Morris-IL||Pitching||Olivet Nazarene Univ|
|Robert Morris-IL||Indv. Stats||Olivet Nazarene Univ|
|#7 Krupske||Doubles||#4 Sevigny, Gabe|
ELGIN, Ill. — The 50th game of the season for the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team was as important as the Tigers had played. It was a win-or-go-home scenario for Olivet after falling in the first round of the CCAC Tournament. The Tigers arose to the occasion and defeated the Robert Morris University-Illinois Eagles 4-2 to move on. ONU leaned on outstanding pitching and an early lead to give them the win to stay alive.
ONU (32-18) leaned on hard-throwing right-hander Nick Campe (JR/Manteno, Ill.) (9-6) who is as hot a pitcher in the NAIA as anyone throwing. He won his start on Saturday against the Eagles (26-27), giving him six straight wins in those appearances. He went seven innings allowing two runs off six hits while striking out nine. This was his 58th career appearance, tied for the fourth-most in ONU history.
In relief, Chris Rhynes (SO/Vista, Calif.) struck out one batter in the eighth inning and Alexander DeYoung (FR/Thornton, lll.) got the last two outs in the inning. Chris Martinez (JR/Vista, Calif.) (7) pitched the ninth and earned the save, he struck out two batters.
The Eagles started Eric Ryan (4-3) who pitched a complete game. He went eight innings allowing four runs – one earned – off nine hits while striking out eight. He was hindered by four errors by his defense.
On Saturday night the Eagles got on the board first. They started with a leadoff triple by Krupske and a groundout by Smyth which allowed the run to score. ONU waited until the bottom of the second to score its first run and they posted three to take the lead. Kurtis Minton (JR/Decatur, Ill.) reached on an error with one out. Sam Kippen (FR/Syracuse, N.Y.) then singled and advanced Minton. After the next out Gabe Sevigny (SR/Terre Haute, Ind.) singled and advanced to second on an error, but two runs scored. Ryan Campbell (SO/Mt. Vernon, Ill.) then singled and scored Sevigny. The next two and a half innings only three hits were recorded. In the bottom of the fifth the Tigers scored their fourth run. R.W. Rienow (FR/Wheaton, Ill.) singled and reached second on a groundout. He later scored on an error with Kurtis Minton at the plate. The Eagles made it 4-2 in the top of the sixth tallying three singles. ONU continued to threaten even up 4-2, leaving two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings and one in the eighth. At the same time they were able to keep Robert Morris from putting any more runs on the board.
Notably, Bryan Klendworth (SR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) now has 212 career hits, which is tied for third all-time for the Tigers. He is also tied for second all-time in hit-by-pitch with 41. Ben Hill (JR/Grand Rapids, Mich.) is leading the team and CCAC in batting average (.440), which is good enough for fourth all-time in a season in ONU history.
The Tigers stays alive and will play Indiana University-South Bend at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8. The winner will move on in the tournament and play later that night at 7:30 p.m.
- May. 8 - Baseball vs Indiana University-South Bend - L 7-4 - recap
- May. 6 - Baseball vs Robert Morris University - Illinois - W 4-2 - recap
- May. 5 - Baseball vs University of Saint Francis - L 3-2 (10 Innings) - recap
- May. 2 - Baseball vs Trinity Christian College - W 8-6 - recap
- May. 2 - Baseball vs Trinity Christian College - W 4-3 - recap
- Apr. 28 - Baseball vs Trinity Christian College - L 5-4 - recap
- Apr. 25 - Baseball vs Robert Morris University - Illinois - W 8-7 - recap
- Apr. 25 - Baseball vs Robert Morris University - Illinois - W 3-2 - recap
- Apr. 22 - Baseball vs University of Saint Francis - W 3-1 - recap
- Apr. 22 - Baseball vs University of Saint Francis - W 5-3 - recap