Written by Jason Maholy
Saint Xavier pitcher Allison Golicgavean historic performance last week when she threw 12 2/3 innings of no-hit ball and struck out 20 batters as the Cougars opened CCAC Tournament play with a 1-0 win over Judson.
Golic dealt herself into the NAIA record books, becoming the seventh pitcher in history to record 20 strikeouts in a game. The sophomore from Mentor, Ohio, who came to SXU via Eastern Illinois allowed just one hit – a single by Lindsay Zdroik
with two out in the bottom of the 13th – and walked one while going the distance. Golic struck out the side in the second, fourth and 10th innings, and recorded at least one strikeout in all but two frames.
The Cougars were themselves held without a hit until the ninth inning, when sophomore first baseman Taylor Sterkowitzreached on an infield single. Saint Xavier would load the bases in that inning but were unable to break through. SXU scored the game's lone run in the top of the 13thwhen Tori Keilmanreached on a two-out single to left for her second hit of the day, and Sterkowitz drove her in with what proved to be the game-winning RBI.
With a walk in the ninth inning, sophomore second baseman Lexxie Lux extended her streak of reaching base to 23 games.
The victory sent the Cougars into the tournament semifinals, where they defeated Indiana-South Bend 8-0 and Trinity International 7-4 to advance to the championship game. The wins extended their wining streak to 11 games and qualified SXU for a spot in the NAIA Softball Championship tournament.
In the win over Trinity, Golic picked up her second win in as many days and 17th of the season while going all seven innings and holding the Trojans to five hits. Golic was aided by an offense that scored four first-inning runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Sterkowitz.
The Cougars fell to St. Francis, 7-2 and 2-1 on Saturday, as the Saints took the CCAC tourney title. Golic and fellow sophomores hurlerAnnalisse Scott, Sterkowitz and Luxwere named to the All-Tournament Team.
SXU softball players Lexxie Lux, Tori Keilman and Tori Williams earned All-CCAC honors.
Lux, named to the All-CCAC First Team, led the Cougars with a .387 batting average andfinished seventh in the conference with an on-base percentage of .464.
Keilman, a sophomore shortstop, was named to the All-CCAC Second Team. In her first season at Saint Xavier she hit .351 average with five home runs and a team-leading 32 RBI. Keilman also leads the team with a .596 slugging percentage, with seven doubles and three triples.
Joining Keilman on the All-CCAC Second Team is sophomore outfielder Tori Williams. Williams is second on the team with a .368 average.
Saint Xavier bowed out of the CCAC Tournament with a 6-1 loss to Judson in the second round last Saturday.
The loss ended the Cougars' season.
Saint Xavier used strong performances by pitcher Tyler Hebel, Matt Monahan and Cam Powell to defeat Roosevelt in the tourney's opening round on Friday, May 4.
Hebel went 8 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out eight, while Monahan hit two doubles and Powell finished with a double and home run of the season. Powell's round-tripper, his fifth of the season, extended a three-run lead to five and helped put the game away in the bottom of the eighth.
Roosevelt loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but closer Erik Eggertcame on to get the final out on a fly ball.
The Cougars finished 24-28.