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ISSUE 117 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 4/23/2004

Season of streaks continues

By Julie Gunderson
Executive Editor

Friday, April 23, 2004

Ole bats were silent last Monday, when the fastpitch team traveled to St. Thomas for a doubleheader. The Oles suffered a pair of 8-0, five-inning defeats to the Tommies, who remained perfect in MIAC play at 16-0 and clinched a MIAC playoff berth.

The losses dropped the Oles to 4-12 in the MIAC and tied with Macalester for 10th place in the conference.

Tommy pitcher Janet Nagle allowed just one hit, one walk and no runs in shuting out the Oles over eight innings. Catcher Lindsay Weier 06 was the only Ole to record a hit on the day, reaching base on an infield single during game one. In game two, Nagle and freshman Tommie pitcher Emily Waage combined for a five-inning no-hitter.

We knew that we had nothing to lose and they had everything to lose, Meghan Urbanski 04 said. In the first game we played really well, they scored all of their runs in the fourth inning so we were able to hold them for the majority of the game.

The team could not, however, stop the Tommies offensive outburst in the fourth.

They were aggressive on the base paths which was something that we hadnt seen much of this year, Rose Keimig 06 said.

The shutout defeats to the Tommies came on the heels of near shutout losses at home to St. Marys last Saturday. The Oles went down to the Cardinals 11-0 in game one and 11-3 in game two. It was fielding errors that plagued the women then. In the two games the Oles had seven hits on the day, but they recorded five errors in the first game alone. In game two, the Oles recorded just three fielding errors, but were not able to pull out the win even with their five hits.

We were able to clean up our defense in the second game, Jenna Arotta 06 said. Its never fun to lose, but we are definitely not hanging our heads about this loss.

In the remaining weeks of the season, the Oles top objective is to awaken their bats from their mid-season slumber.

Hitting is our primary focus, Sarah Herby 04 said. Were just going to be focusing on trying to make good contact with the ball.

Although the Oles arent glowing about their record, their definitely proud of what theyve been able to accomplish this season.

Weve been had great team chemistry all year, Herby said. Weve also stayed competitive in every game weve played this season.

One of the Oles highlights came when the women beat St. Bens 8-4 earlier this month. St Bens had been 11-1 coming into the contest, but it was the Ole bats that made the most noise that day.

Having lost seven starters from last years team that went 5-17 in the MIAC, the Oles are feeling upbeat about their young squad and its promising future.

I think were only going to get better, Keimig said. With so many sophomores on the team itll be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of years.

As the season winds down for the Oles, they will next travel to Hamline this Saturday and then return home for their last MIAC conference game of the season against St. Kates on Sunday.

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