Colleges: St. Xavier softball team a record-setter
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media April 24, 2014 10:16PM
St. Xavier pitcher Megan Nonnemacher. | Chris Gbur/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:16PM
Tuesday was a record-setting day for the St. Xavier softball team.
The Cougars set an NAIA national team record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched in a 3-1, 6-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep of Judson in Chicago.
The No. 9 Cougars (37-3 overall, 17-1 CCAC) came into the game needing just one out to surpass the previous NAIA record of scoreless innings pitched of 571/3, set by California Baptist during the 2010 season. The Cougars went 31/3 innings of scoreless softball before the Eagles broke the streak with a run with one out in the top of the fourth. Saint Xavier owns the record of 602/3 innings.
St. Xavier also won its school-record 21st straight game. The Cougars won 19 in a row last season.
In addition to the national record and the program streak, pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (18-1) tied the school mark for career victories with her 80th win during Game 1. The senior also was named the NAIA Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day.
Men’s Golf: SXU wins CCAC, national bid
St. Xavier, in just its second year of existence, rallied to win the CCAC men’s golf championship and an automatic bid to the 2014 NAIA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Cougars outlasted Cardinal Stritch 618-620 during the conference tournament Monday and Tuesday at Dunne National in Oak Forest.
Kyle Bahnick tied for the individual lead with a combined score of 151, while James Kerr finished in a tie for third with a 153.
“Our goal from the beginning of starting our program two years ago was to win our conference to make it to the national championship with the team that started it all with,” St. Xavier coach Mike Mandakas said. “I’m very proud of all eight players on our team as we have had a great year., This comeback victory will give us some momentum
Tennis: St. Francis duo honored
St. Francis’ Danielle Hoffman and Mark Zubov were named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tennis Players of the Week.
Hoffman, an Andrew product, won all six of her singles and doubles matches for the Saints (13-9), who are the No. 3 seed in the seven-team CCAC Tournament.
Zubov went 2-0 on the week and improved to 11-12 in singles play and 12-9 in doubles action on the season.
Flyers earn national ranking
For the first time in school history, the Lewis women’s track and field team is ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association at No. 25.
“The women have really been building (toward this) all season,” Lewis coach Dana Schwarting said. “We are looking better and better each week, and if we can continue this trend we should have a very successful end to the season.”