By Eugene Burndam
The Tigers found it tough going into a double header against Illinois Institute of Technology ended with Olivet winning the first game and surrendering victory in the second on April 9.
There were a couple of plush hits notably in the 3rd and 4th innings that were enough for Olivet (15-3 in conference) to win 4-2. But according to sophomore Matt Davenport it was off day at the plate for the Tigers. Kevin Lasowski, undergraduate, said the team’s hitting improved once their line-up had been restarted.
They said defense did a sterling job keeping Illinois sluggers at bay to secure another worthy win with pitcher Casey Mast (7-0) showing good form at the mount.
Inconsistent hitting and missed opportunities from Tigers batters meant they surrendered their win in game two of the double header against Illinois.
“In the second game we couldn’t string hits together and we couldn’t move them around” Lasowski said.
Undergraduate Tyler Shore had a notable game as pitcher, but it wasn’t enough to stop Olivet conceding defeat by the narrowest of margins.
“We’ve been playing pretty well in recent game – this was just a bump in the road,” Davenport said.
The loss did turn out to be a bump in the road for the Tigers, who currently lead the CCAC North Division. They turned around to defeat Trinity International University in two games on Wednesday, April 13. They beat Holy Cross yesterday, 12-2, and now stand at 23-14. Their next game is tomorrow when they take on Holy Cross again in a double double here beginning at 12:30.