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It's hard to believe but the baseball season is almost upon us. Senior outfielder Mark Elwell answered questions about the upcoming season and what he likes about playing at Xavier.
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.
Xavier knocked off Cincinnati in the first of a two-game mid-week series. A couple of big plays were the difference in the 4-1 victory.
Xavier trailed 3-0 but battled back to take game two of the three-game Atlantic 10 series against Charlotte.
The Musketeers will open up their 2012 home schedule this weekend against Toledo.
2013: Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team ... Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference ... Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Championship Team ... Played and started in 56 games as a senior, all in center field ... Led team in hits (70) and runs (38) ... Notched a personal-best .332 batting average with career highs in runs scored (38) and doubles (11) ... Graduated as Xavier's all-time leader in number of times hit-by-pitch (41) ... Had four hits against both Georgia Southern, which included two doubles, and St. Bonaventure ... Earned all-championship team after posting a .526 OBP in tourney ... Helped Xavier defeat top-seed Saint Louis by making a diving catch in the second inning, belting a game-tying home run in the eighth and robbing what would have been a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth ... Had a 28-game reached-base streak at one point in the season ... Led team with 19 multi-hit games.
2012: Played and started in 52 games for the Musketeers ... Led the team with a .329 batting average, while slugging .366 and registering an on-base percentage of .431 ... Recorded a team-high 29 RBI's and also scored 22 runs ... Had a 2-for-5 performance and three RBI against No. 3 North Carolina ... Had four-straight multi-hit games in a row against Michigan (2), Sacred Heart (2), Villanova (2) and Pittsburgh (3) ... Went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs against Indiana ... Registered five RBI and .444 (4-for-9) batting average in the weekend series against Charlotte ... In a weekend series at Rhode Island, hit .455 (5-for-11) with two RBI and four runs scored ... Had back-to-back two-hit games against Fordham and La Salle ... Closed season with four hits, four runs and three RBI against Saint Joseph's.
2011: Played in 49 games and earned a .299 average ... Made a career-high seven at bats at Fordham (May 21) ... Was second on the team with 15 stolen bases.
2010: Appeared in 26 games including 17 starts ... Posted 14 hits in 62 at bats for a .226 average ... Scored 13 runs and drove in five RBIs ... Totaled 43 put outs ... Did not commit an error.
2009: Redshirted ... Named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll following the fall semester.
Prior to Xavier: Earned four varsity letters in baseball at Newark Catholic for head coach John Canizzaro ... Recorded a .502 average his senior season and stole 28 bases ... Helped lead his team to a 30-4 record and a state championship his sophomore year ... His team was state runner-up his junior year and regional-runner up his senior year ... Was named First Team All-District, All-League and All-Ohio ... Also earned three varsity letters in football playing in the quarterback position.
Personal: A business administration major ... Born Dec. 1, 1989 in Newark, Ohio ... Parents are Dave and Lisa Elwell ... Father played baseball at Marietta and mother played volleyball and basketball at Otterbein.