Xavier Baseball Wins Two Games On Opening Day

Thirdbaseman Stephen Schoettmer had a pair of RBIs and four hits on the opening day of 2014.
 
Thirdbaseman Stephen Schoettmer had a pair of RBIs and four hits on the opening day of 2014.
 

Feb. 15, 2014

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - After inclement weather postponed the start of the 2014 season on Friday, Xavier responded by winning both games of a doubleheader. The Musketeers first took down Toledo, 6-4, and then needed extra innings to defeat Norfolk St., 6-5.

Andre Jernigan, Stephen Schoettmer and Derek Hasenbeck each registered two RBIs on the day. Ten different Musketeers picked up hits and eight of them recorded an RBI.

Xavier goes for its third-straight win to start the season in an 11:00 a.m. tilt with Furman on the Palidan's home field on Sunday morning.

Xavier 6, Toledo 4
Designated hitter Hasenbeck opened the 2014 season with a bang, belting a home run to left field in his first at-bat of the season to give Xavier a 1-0 lead. Toledo evened the score in the bottom half of the inning, manufacturing a run after a lead-off walk.

Both pitching staffs took control of the game, until Xavier broke through for four runs in the seventh. Schoettmer doubled to left to start the inning and scored when Andre Jernigan connected on a double to right center. Joe Forney pushed Tres Eberhardt across the plate with a single. Hasenbeck registered his second RBI of the game on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a sac fly from Daniel Rizzie scored Forney.

Toledo got two of the runs back in its at-bat. Cory Finkler and Tyler Grogg were credited with RBI's in the frame.

Holding a 5-3 lead entering the eighth, XU tacked on an insurance run. Jernigan singled and then advanced to third on a failed pick off attempt and a wild pitch. He scored on Eberhardt's single up the middle.

Kirschner got the run back on an RBI single by John Martillotta, but Daniel Przeniczny entered to register the final four outs of the game and earn his first save of the season.

Adam Hall (1-0) went six strong innings after getting the starting nod for Xavier. Hall allowed two hits and three walks, but fanned four batters and held Toledo to just one run.

Xavier 6, Norfolk St. 5 (13)
It took extra innings to decide the outcome of Xavier's second game of the doubleheader, but the Musketeers received a game-winning RBI walk by Vinny Nittoli in the 13th to defeat Norfolk St., 6-5.

Xavier struck first with a three-run second. Nittoli scored on a fielder's choice, Mitch Elliott scored on a wild pitch and Andre Jernigan drove in Schoettmer with a single.

Each team scored a pair of runs in the fourth. Norfolk St., scored its runs on two hits and a Musketeer error. Elliott singled with two outs and then scored on Schoettmer's homerun to left field.

Norfolk St. struck for three runs in the seventh to knot the score at five. The Spartans connected on three hits and used a pair of wild pitches to score, setting up the 13-inning marathon.

XU finally broke through with back-to-back singles from Jernigan and Eberhardt to open the inning. Forney laid down a sac bunt to advance the two runners. After Brian Bruening was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up the force out, Nittoli drew a walk to push the winning run across the plate and give Xavier a 6-5 victory.

Scott Klever earned the start for Xavier, pitching five innings with six hits and one earned run allowed. Eric Steine tossed five solid innings. The sophomore surrendered three hits and a walk without allowing a run.

Przeniczny picked up the save in the early game and tossed another scoreless inning against Norfolk St. Freshman Greg Jacknewitz (1-0) earned the first victory of his collegiate career after pitching a perfect 13th.