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Peregrine Softball Set For Two CCAC Doubleheaders This Weekend

Peregrine Softball Set For Two CCAC Doubleheaders This Weekend
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Peregrine Softball Set For Two CCAC Doubleheaders This Weekend

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Calumet softball team will host St. Francis University Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at Dowling Park, before traveling to St. Xavier for a twinbill in Chicago, Ill. on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. (CT).

The Purdue University Calumet softball team came away with a two-game league sweep on the road Purdue North Central Wednesday, winning 4-3 and 8-1 – the second game going nine innings.

Junior Samantha Oppenhuis (Munster, Ind./Illiana Christian) led the way for the Peregrines (20-21, 9-7 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) at the plate, finishing 4-for-6 with a double, RBI and a run across the two games. Teammate Sydney Schmitt (Anderson, Ind./Anderson) had a huge Game 2, going 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI.

Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) picked up both W’s on the day, pitching all seven innings in the Game 1 win and coming on relief for the final two in the nine-inning Game 2 victory.

Sara Braden leads the Fighting Saints offensively, batting .447 with 37 RBI and 12 runs scored while Ally Balandis is batting .367 with a team-high eight homers and 38 runs scored. In the circle, USF is led by Morghan Dieringer, who owns a 1.85 ERA and a 13-6 record.

Saint Xavier is led by Brittany Plimmer, who has a team-high .417 batting average, 36 RBI, five home runs and 30 runs scored. In the circle, the Cougars are led by Nicole Nonnemacher, who owns a 1.03 ERA and 19-1 record with 275 strikeouts on the season.

Freshman catcher Olivia Sardella leads the Peregrines at the plate with a .346 batting average, 25 RBI and 13 doubles while Alex Morales adds a .314 batting average, 21 RBI and 27 runs scored. Carly Murphy headlines the pitching staff with a 2.49 ERA in 24 appearances in the circle and holds an 11-9 record. 

The Peregrines hold a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Fighting Saints, with USF winning the last meeting, 2-0, in the CCAC playoffs last season. The Black and Gold last defeated the Fighting Saints on April 17, last season, when they came away with the 7-3 win at the St. Francis Tournament last season.

St. Xavier holds a 3-1 advantage over the Peregrines in the all-time series, with the Peregrines last defeating the Cougars on April 25, 2014, thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Alison Kimble who led the Peregrines to a 1-0 victory.

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