Musketeers Drop A Close Decision To No. 17 Indiana, 2-1

Freshman Trent Astle earned his first collegiate start against IU on Wednesday.

Freshman Trent Astle earned his first collegiate start against IU on Wednesday.

March 5, 2014

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BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The Xavier Musketeers dropped a one-run decision to No. 17 Indiana Wednesday, 2-1. The Musketeers fell to 5-4 on the year and the nationally-ranked Hoosiers improved to 5-5 with the win.

Indiana jumped out to a late lead in the bottom of the 7th inning after a sacrifice fly by Nick Ramos, which sent Craig Dedelow home to score the first run of the game. After an intentional walk to Kyle Schwarber, Casey Rodrigue doubled down the right field line to score Tim O'Conner from third and the Hoosiers built its lead, 2-0.

Xavier rallied in the top half of the eighth inning with back-to-back singles by Vinny Nittoli and Daniel Rizzie. Nittoli advanced to third when Bo Slemons grounded out and scored from third when Patrick Jones singled to cut the lead to one, 2-1. The Musketeers' rally fell short and XU lost its third one-run game of the year.

Trent Astle (0-0) started on the mound for the Musketeers, the first career start of his collegiate career. The freshman lefty went five innings, giving up two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Alex Westrick (0-2) gave up two runs in his 1.1 innings pitched and took the loss.

Jones had the hot bat for the Musketeers, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a walk. Nittoli, the BIG EAST Player of the Week, went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Rizzie ended the night with one hit and one walk.

Kyle Hart (1-1) went seven innings for the Hoosiers in the winning effort. Hart gave up four hits and four walks and struck out three to pick up his first win on the year. Luke Harrison picked up his first career save in 1.1 innings pitched.

Dustin Demuth and Dedelow were the only Hoosiers to record multi-hit games, both going 2-for-4.

XU is back in action on Friday when it travels to take on Georgia State for a three-game series. Friday's game is set to start at 6:00 p.m.