Jones used a three-hit game to seal the victory for the Musketeers.
March 7, 2014
ATLANTA - The bats of Joe Forney, Derek Hasenbeck and Patrick Jones helped Xavier open up the weekend series at Georgia State in impressive fashion, winning Friday night, 16-1. The Musketeers improved to 6-4 on the year, while the Panthers fell to 6-7.
Georgia State touched home first when Nic Wilson singled to left field and brought Chad Prain around to score from second to grab the early lead, 1-0.
XU answered in the next half inning. With the bases loaded, Michael Moore went deep and recorded his first career home run in grand fashion to give Xavier a three-run lead, 4-1. Xavier scored one more in the top of the third after Hasenbeck doubled into left field and Tres Eberhardt scored easily from third.
A big rally in the top of the fifth saw XU pull away further from GSU. A lead-off double by Forney started the big inning, followed by a Hasenbeck single, Bo Slemons walk and a Stephen Schoettmer single to load the bases. Clutch hits by Andre Jernigan, Daniel Rizzie and Forney contributed to an eight-run fifth inning and a 13-1 lead for the Musketeers.
Xavier tacked on two more scores by Chase Puente and Jernigan in the sixth inning and a final one in the ninth to take the first game of the three-game series, 16-1.
Forney, Hasenbeck and Jones each had three hits in the ball game to lead the Musketeers at the plate. Thanks to a grand slam, Moore finished the evening with five RBIs, two hits, a walk and three runs. Bench players Jake Forrester and David Morton each got a hit in tonight's game.
Vinny Nittoli (2-0) picked up the win in tonight's matchup after going six innings, striking out seven and only giving up one run. Freshmen Greg Jacknewitz and Jason Hall came in for relief, throwing a combined three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit each.
Nic Wilson went 1-for-2 for the Panthers and drove in the only run for the home team.
Kenny Anderson (1-1) took the loss tonight, throwing four innings and giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks.
Game two of the series is set for 2:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon. GeorgiaStateSports.com will provide live statistics for the game.