Outfielders Led XU To Third-Place Finish
Nittoli Belts Sixth Home Run Of The Season
Musketeers Finish Third In Final A-10 Tournament
Elwell Connects On First-Career Homer, Saves Home Run
Paligraf, Eberhardt, Chidemo Finish With Two RBIs Each
Xavier mounted a come-from-behind effort that included a four-run seventh inning and walk-off win on an error in the ninth. The Musketeers earned the series win in the final game of the season.
The Xavier baseball team is in the middle of the Atlantic 10 playoff hunt and needs a big result this weekend against George Washington.
The men's tennis A-10 tournament highlights this week's Olympic sports action. Baseball hosts Rhode Island, golf plays in state, and track and field heads to Tennessee.
Xavier trailed 3-0 but battled back to take game two of the three-game Atlantic 10 series against Charlotte.
The Blue squad beat the White squad 5-2 on a rainy Thursday at Hayden Field to take the best-of-three series, 2-1. Sophomore Vinny Nittoli talks about the series and looks forward to the spring season.
2013: Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Championship Team ... Played and started in 56 games for Xavier ... Led the team in slugging percentage (.477), RBIs (41), home runs (6) and doubles (17) ... Also led the team with 12 multiple-RBI games and tied for second on the team with 17 multi-hit games ... Registered a career-high four hits versus St. Bonaventure and a career-best two doubles against Dayton ... Went 2-for-4 at the plate with a career-high four RBIs against Wright State ... Named A-10 Co-Player of the Week on March 25 after going 7-for-8 with three walks, a sacrifice fly, three doubles, a triple and a monstrous home run on his way to a sensational 1.875 slugging percentage in Xavier's series against St. Bonaventure ... Hit .615 with four doubles, a homer, three RBIs and six runs scored in the A-10 Championship to earn A-10 Baseball All-Championship Team status ... Closed season on a six-game hitting streak ... Also made 12 appearances, with 10 starts, on the mound ... Posted a 2-2 record with 4.73 ERA in 45.2 IP ... Struck out a season-best four batters three times.
2012: Saw action in a total of 37 games including 14 starts on the mound ... Pitched 77.2 innings posting a 3.94 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 32 walks on his way to a 4-5 record ... Scattered three hits over six innings of work to earn the win against Toledo ... Went six innings, allowing four runs, to pick up a win at Western Illinois ... Won third-straight game after giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings versus Charlotte ... Threw 7 innings and had a season-high-tying six strikeouts against Saint Louis ... Earned a win against La Salle, not allowing a run in seven innings and fanning four batters ... Struck out six hitters against George Washington. Hit .258 on the season with 13 RBI, seven runs scored and 11 walks ... Picked up an RBI single at College of Charleston ... Plated one run and scored once versus Sacred Heart ... Picked up a pair of hits against Toledo ... Had two RBI at Western Illinois ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored against Ohio.
Earned a team-best 7-1 record in 13 starts on the mound for XU ... Struckout a career-high eight batters against Temple (3/26) ... 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection ... Struckout 48 batters in 2011.
Prior to Xavier: Three-year varsity letter winner for baseball and football at Pine-Richland ... Was named Pitcher of the Year and also received All-State honors in football ... Baseball team had a 28-4 record his senior year under head coach Kurt Wolfe ... Was on the honor roll.
Personal: Entrepreneurial studies major ... Born November 11, 1990 in Tempe, Ariz. ... Was high school teammates with current XU baseball player Mitch Elliot ... Father played baseball and football at Youngstown State ... Parents are Mike and Rena Nittoli.