Xavier's Comeback Bid Falls Short In 2-1 Loss At No. 12 North Carolina
Feb. 22, 2014
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.
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.
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.