Joe Forney came up big for XU against Michigan.
March 3, 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.-- The Xavier baseball team split the first two games in the Snowbird Invitational at the Port Charlotte Regional Park Friday. XU fell to Northwestern 3-2 in the opening game and topped Michigan 7-4 in the second game. With the split, Xavier is now 2-7 on the season.
Reliever Alex Vice was pegged with the loss to Northwestern while NU relief pitcher Michael Johns earned the win for the Wildcats. Junior Jon Richard improved to 2-1 with the win over Michigan while Wolverine starter Bobby Brosnahan fell to 2-1 with the loss.
Northwestern scored once in the top of the first and again in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead but the Musketeers fought back. Sophomore Brian Bruening led off the top of the sixth with a single and came home on a two-RBI double by freshman Derek Hasenbeck that also brought home Joey Noble.
However, Northwestern was able to score in the top of the ninth to take the 3-2 lead and Wildcat closer Kyle Ruchim held off the Musketeers in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win for NU.
The Musketeers posted four runs in the top of the second thanks to RBIs by Mitch Elliott and Patrick Paligraf. XU struck again with three more runs in the top of the fourth when Joe Forney brought home Elliott and Daniel Rod brought home Forney and Paligraf with a double.
The XU bullpen was up to the task as Vice and Seth Willoughby held off Michigan for the win. Willoughby earned his second save of the season in the win.
XU faces off against the Wolverines again Sunday at 11 a.m.