Xavier's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 2-1 Loss At No. 12 North Carolina

Mitch Elliott knocked out a pair of hits and had Xavier's lone RBI in the game.

Mitch Elliott knocked out a pair of hits and had Xavier's lone RBI in the game.

Feb. 22, 2014

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After starting the season with four-consecutive wins, Xavier baseball lost its first game of the 2014 season, 2-1, at No. 12 North Carolina. The Musketeers, who are now 4-1, put a pair of runners into scoring position in the ninth, but couldn't push the tying run across the plate against the nationally-ranked Heels, who improved to 2-3.

North Carolina scored a run in each the third and fifth innings off of Xavier starter Scott Klever. Parks Jordan connected on a one-out sacrifice fly in the third and Zach Daly scored when Wood Myers returned to base safely after finding himself in a run down.

Despite a solid outing, Klever took the loss for Xavier and falls to 0-1 on the season. The native of Mason, Ohio, tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks.

Xavier got on the board in the sixth when it strung together three-consecutive hits. Derek Hasenbeck and Daniel Rizzie each singled to set up an RBI single by Mitch Elliott.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the ninth, Xavier put the pressure on North Carolina. Elliott led off the inning with a single and promptly stole second base to give XU a runner in scoring position. After Schoettmer struck out swinging, Elliott swiped third base to put the pressure on the Heels' pitching staff.

Bo Slemons then drew a walk to give X runners on the corners and Michael Moore entered to pinch run. But, UNC's reliever Chris McCue slammed the door with back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

 

 

Hasenbeck and Elliott led the offensive attack for XU. Hasenbeck was 3-for-3 with a walk, while Elliott finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases.

Xavier's 4-1 start was its best since the 1979 team started 5-0.

The two teams will play the rubber match to decide the series at 1 p.m., on Sunday.