Forney led the hitting spree for the Musketeers Saturday afternoon.
March 8, 2014
ATLANTA - Xavier, led by the bat of Andre Jernigan, pulled out a close decision against Georgia State Saturday afternoon, 11-10. The Musketeers, who have scored-double digit runs in three of the past four games, improved to 7-4 on the year. The Panthers fell to 6-8 overall.
In a role reversal from Friday's game, Georgia State opened up the game in the second inning with six runs. With the bases loaded, David Mayo slapped a single into right field to send Nic Wilson home for the first run of the game. GSU used back-to-back hits by Greg Bowder and Chad Prain and a sacrifice fly by Caden Bailey to rally in the second inning and build its lead, 6-0.
Xavier answered in the next half inning with a five-run rally of its own. XU registered a run after Hasenbeck reached on an error and Tres Eberhardt scored from second. After a sac fly by Patrick Jones, Joe Forney scored the second run for the Musketeers. Andre Jernigan went yard with a one-out grand slam, scoring Stephen Schoettmer, Bo Slemons and Hasenbeck, but passed Schoettmer on the base path and was called out at second. The Musketeers climbed within one run of the Panthers, 6-5.
Home runs by Jernigan in the fifth, his second of the day, and Hasenbeck in the sixth, his second of the year, gave Xavier a three-run lead, 9-6.
After a two-out double by Prain in the seventh, Bailey singled to right field and sent home Prain to cut into the Xavier lead, 9-7.
The Musketeers added on two runs in the ninth and ultimately needed them by the end of the game. The Panthers rallied for three runs in its half of the ninth, but fell short of the Musketeers in game two of the weekend series, 11-10.
Jernigan finished the day with six RBIs on two hits. Forney had a .500 day at the plate, going 3-for-6 with two runs and one RBI. Michael Moore, who hit a grand slam Friday night, finished with two hits and a walk. Every starter for the Musketeers reached the base path at least once in Saturday's matchup.
Scott Klever (2-1) earned the winning decision, pitching seven innings and giving up six earned runs.
Prain was the top hitter for the Panthers going 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks, two RBIs and two runs. Bowder finished 2-for-3 as well with two runs and two RBIs.
Ben Burns was tagged for the loss after pitching 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits.
The Musketeers go for the sweep of the three-game series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.