Xavier Scores In Ninth, Defeats College of Charleston, 6-5

Vinny Nittoli drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.

Vinny Nittoli drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.

Feb. 16, 2013

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Brian Bruening extended his hitting streak to 14-straight games and Xavier scored in the top of the ninth to defeat the College of Charleston, 6-5. Vinny Nittoli picked up the game-winning RBI, driving in Mark Elwell.

Xavier (1-1) struck for two runs in the top of the first, when Stephen Schoettmer drove in Elwell and Bruening. Elwell reached based on an error and Bruening singled to right to reach base. College of Charleston (1-1) tacked on a run in the bottom of the first after Gunnar Heidt tripled and later scored on a groundout by Brandon Murray.

Bruening opened the fifth inning with a triple and scored on Derek Hasenbeck's single. Nittoli and Patrick Paligraf followed with two more singles, plating two more runs and putting Xavier up, 5-1.

C of C struck for four runs on six hits in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, finally chasing Xavier's Jon Richard off the mound. Richard went 6.0 innings, registering five punch-outs and two walks. The senior lefty gave up two runs on three hits, but did not get the decision.

Elwell reached base in the ninth after being hit by a pitch and advance on a single by Bruening. Hasenbeck reached base on a fielder's choice that advance Elwell to third, setting up Nittoli's game-winning hit.

Scott Klever (1-0) worked two innings, giving up three runs on five hits to earn the win. Alex Vice earned the save after allowing one hit, but striking out the side in the ninth.

Bruening and Nittoli each picked up three hits in the game, with Bruening scoring twice and Nittolie driving in one RBI and scoring once. Schoettmer picked up two hits, delivering an RBI in the first.

The Cougar's Jake Zokan gave up four runs, only two earned, in 4.1 innings on the mound. Michael Hanzlik (1-1) took the loss after allowing the Musketeers' run in the top of the ninth.

Xavier will seek to take the series in the finale on Sunday, which is slated for a 1 p.m. start.