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The Xavier baseball team is in the middle of the Atlantic 10 playoff hunt and needs a big result this weekend against George Washington.
Three Olympic sports remain in season including the men's golf team that is in the A-10 Tournament this weekend. Baseball takes on Fordham at home and track is in its final race before the conference meet.
Easter weekend will be busy for Xavier athletics. Men's tennis closes out its regular season, baseball travels to Richmond, women's tennis hosts Saint Louis, track and field heads to Stanford, and the women's golf visits Arizona.
Baseball won its third game in four tries on Tuesday. Xavier beat Miami (Ohio) 8-3 at Hayden Field behind five scoreless innings from freshman Adam Hall.
Xavier head coach Scott Googins catches us up with his team that just returned from a spring break trip to Florida. He talks about the pitching and offense and the new additions to Hayden Field.
Xavier earns a walk off win over SJU in the 2012 season finale.
Scott Googins begins his seventh season as the head coach for the Xavier baseball team in 2012. Googins, the 2009 ABCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year, continues to produce record-breaking Musketeer squads and the team is coming off another successful season in 2011.
Googins led the 2011 Musketeers to their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Tournament, fifth-straight 20-win season and second 30-win season in three years. The 2011 edition of the Musketeers boasted five players earning Atlantic 10 honors including conference Player of the Year, Ben Thomas. Thomas became Xavier's all-time leader in homeruns and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.
In 2010, XU saw six players honored by the Atlantic 10 and junior pitcher Tommy Shirley was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros.
In 2009, the Musketeers tallied a program-best 39 wins and posted an overall winning percentage of .650 (39-21), third-best in the record books. In conference play, Xavier went 18-9, one win shy of tying the record for A-10 wins set in 2008. XU went 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 Championship to capture its first-ever tournament crown and earned the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Six Musketeers were named to the 2009 A-10 All-Tournament team, including Billy O'Conner who was named Tournament MVP. Four Musketeers earned mentioned on A-10 All-Conference teams following the regular season, including Jordan Conley who was the first XU player to ever make both the First Team (relief pitcher) and the Second Team (short stop) rosters.
Googins led the 2009 Musketeers to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament win, a 9-6 victory over Sam Houston State, in the Houston Regional hosted by Rice. Bobby Freking earned a spot on the All-Regional team and following the season Ben Thomas earned mentioned on the ABCA All-Mideast Region Second Team.
In 2009 XU set new school records in: at bats (2135), runs scored (445), hits (663), doubles (114), RBI (396), innings pitched (534.0), pitching strikeouts (446) and saves (14). Thomas tied the school record for home runs in a season with 16 and Conley eclipsed his own school record for saves in a season which was set in 2008 as he posted 13. Conley's two-year saves total of 23 set the new XU career saves mark as well.
Following the 2009 season, Danny Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player draft by the Washington Nationals. Rosenbaum was the 652nd pick overall, making it the third consecutive year and fourth time since 2005 a Musketeer had been chosen in the draft. Two other Musketeers were picked up as free agents: Billy O'Conner and Jordan Conley.
The Musketeers made it to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2008 for the first time in school history after winning the team's second all-time A-10 regular season title. XU won a record-breaking 19 conference games and did not lose a single A-10 series.
Overall, the team finished 27-31 after playing am extremely tough non-conference schedule that included eight games versus nationally ranked opponents, and posted a stellar 19-8 A-10 mark. For his outstanding leadership, Googins was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. As a team, the Musketeers recorded new school records in hits (587), strikeouts (414) and tied the school record for saves with 12 in 2008. The team also tallied a program second-best mark in at bats (2050), doubles (109) and innings pitched (520.0).
Two Musketeers were drafted in 2008, including Charlie Leesman who was selected in the 11th round as the 330th pick by the Chicago White Sox, the second highest draft pick in school history. Additionally, Michael Lucas was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
In just his second season as the head coach, Googins guided his squad to the most conference wins in school history (17) at the time, while the team also set a new mark by sweeping four A-10 series in 2007. As a team, Xavier finished with a 29-31 record overall and a 17-10 mark in conference play. The 29 wins tied for the fifth most in school history and the team also won two games in the A-10 Championship, which was the most by any Musketeer squad in five trips. The trip to the A-10 Championship marked the first appearance for XU since the 2003 season.
After starting the 2007 campaign with a 4-18 record, Googins engineered one of the best turnarounds in school history as the Blue and White proceeded to go 17-3 over the next 20 games. Xavier would end the season with a 25-13 record and earn a No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship.
Additionally, the 2007 squad broke its previous school record in fielding percentage, marking two of the three best fielding percentages in school history over Googins' first two seasons. The Blue and White also finished the year tops in school history for at bats (2052), hits (561), saves (12) and innings pitched (523.0).
Not only did school records fall but Xavier tied a seven-year-old NCAA record for most hits in the second inning at Richmond as XU tallied 12 hits (all singles and doubles) to score 14 runs. The Musketeers followed that performance with a 23-run effort at Toledo, which ranked tied for third-most in school history.
The end to a great season saw Xavier senior Jordan Wolf become the fourth highest Musketeer to be drafted as he was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round. For his efforts during the year, Wolf was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team.
In his first season as skipper, Googins led the Musketeers to a 19-37 mark overall and a 9-18 record in Atlantic 10 play.
As a team in 2006, XU recorded the program's second-best fielding percentage of all time at .964. The 2006 squad also produced high marks in hits (482), walks (227), total bases (660) and triples (nine). Googins stepped into his role after spending the 2005 season as an assistant coach for the Musketeers. The 2005 campaign saw Xavier send its first player into the MLB Draft since 2001 and place one player on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team after notching a 19-35 record and a 9-15 mark in the A-10.
In four seasons at Miami (Ohio), Googins was an integral part of the RedHawks' success. While at Miami, Googins was a part of four straight Mid-American Conference Tournament appearances. With outfield being his primary focus, he saw two of his players leave for the professional ranks with one garnering All-American honors before his departure. Googins was also in charge of academics, travel and field maintenance. The team recorded an overall 2.88 grade-point average, the highest among men's teams at Miami.
Before coming to Miami (Ohio), Googins had an eight-year stint as an assistant coach with Indiana University. During his time at IU, he was a part of the 1996 Big 10 Championship team and traveled to the Wichita State Regional for the NCAA Tournament. He was responsible for the coaching and conditioning of the Hoosier catchers and assisted with the outfielders and hitters. While his in-game duties included first base coach, off the field Googins assisted in the recruiting process, facility and field maintenance, academic progress, and the supervision of student managers.
The Granville, Ohio, native was a catcher at Ohio Wesleyan. He and his wife, Jody, a former Xavier volleyball standout, have a daughter, Ellie, and two sons, Tommy and Charlie.