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Softball - Sat, May 6, 2017
St. Francis (IL) (41-5)10031016100
Olivet Nazarene (31-12)0000101271
Rosemont, Ill. Ballpark at Rosemont
St. Francis (IL)PitchingOlivet Nazarene
Dieringer, MorghanWinner-
-Loser Beno, Haley
St. Francis (IL)Indv. StatsOlivet Nazarene
2 Players (#7,#16)Doubles None
#5 Wetherell, AnnaTriples #6 Alberto, Samantha
NoneHome Runs None

ROSEMONT, Ill. --- The University of St. Francis softball team made history on Saturday, capturing the program's first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament crown with a 6-2 victory over Olivet Nazarene University at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

Junior center fielder Anna Wetherell's (Rock Island, Ill./ Alleman Catholic) three-run triple in the fourth inning keyed the victory, putting the Saints up 4-0 at that point.  Junior designated player Ally Balandis (Burbank, Ill./ Reavis) and sophomore left fielder Hailey Lenth (Colona, Ill./ United Township) also drove in a run and had a pair of hits each, while junior second baseman Brooke Karraker (Kankakee, Ill./ Herscher) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Saint starter Morghan Dieringer (New Lenox, Ill./ Lincoln-Way West) (24-4) had her 19 2/3-inning tournament scoreless streak snapped in the fifth inning, but went on to complete the sweep of wins in the tournament.  She went 4-0 with three complete games to earn tournament mvp honors. 

A total of 20 players were named to the all-tournament squad with six representing St. Francis.  Besides Dieringer, Balandis, Karraker, Lenth, Wetherell and junior third baseman Katelyn Rolniak (Manteno, Ill./ Manteno) were all honored.

The Saints now take their 41-5 mark and No. 11 national ranking into the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, a four-team, double-elimination tournament which runs May 15-17 at one of a possible ten sites.  Tournament pairings will be announced next Wednesday.