Baseball Drops 16-6 Decision in Season Opener at Tennessee
Feb. 19, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -The Xavier baseball team opened its 2010 season with a 16-6 loss at the University of Tennessee Friday evening at UT's Lindsey Nelson Stadium. This was the Volunteers' season opener as well and the two are set to play Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tennessee got off to a quick start putting up eight runs in the first four innings. The Volunteers knocked two balls out of the park and also collected two doubles.
Xavier got on the board in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs all with two outs. Freshman Patrick Paligraf singled and then advanced to second on a walk by junior Phil Bauer. Redshirt freshman Mark Elwell doubled down the left line to collect his first career RBI, scoring Paligraf and sending Bauer to third. McCambridge singled through the right side to score Bauer and the final run of the frame came as Elwell scored when a failed pickoff attempt at first allowed him to steal home. After four and a half, the Musketeers trailed, 8-3.
The Volunteers put up eight more runs over the next four innings. The Musketeers got three runs back in the top of the ninth as freshman Seth Willoughby was walked, freshman Daniel Rod was hit by a pitch and redshirt freshman Dan Rinck was walked to load the bases. McCambridge was hit by a pitch, scoring Willoughby, and Schmidt grounded into a double play allowing Rod to come home. With senior Neil Lindgren at the plate, Rinck scored on a wild pitch.
Redshirt sophomore Nate Mutsch (0-1) took the loss for the Musketeers after throwing four innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits. Sophomore Josh Deeg tossed three innings of middle relief for XU, giving up six runs on six hits and striking out two. Freshman Markus Kuykendoll closed out the game for the Musketeers, giving up two runs on two hits.
Bryan Morgado (1-0) got the win for the Volunteers tossing five innings giving up three runs on five hits.
The Musketeers return to action Saturday in the second of three games scheduled at Tennessee. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.