Late Rally Pushes Le Moyne Past Baseball, 6-2, in Home Opener

Freshman Markus Kuykendoll
Freshman Markus Kuykendoll

March 9, 2010

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CINCINNATI - After taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Xavier baseball team suffered a 6-2 setback in the Musketeers' home opener as visiting Le Moyne College scored five runs in the last two innings of the contest Tuesday afternoon at Hayden Field. Two Musketeers had multiple hits in the game, including senior Bobby Freking who was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Xavier (1-10) struck first, scoring a lone run in the fourth inning when junior John McCambridge singled and stole second to get into scoring position. Freking followed with a single to center, bringing home McCambridge, and giving XU the early 1-0 lead.

Le Moyne (5-6) even the game at one apiece in the fifth but Xavier answered with a run in the sixth to retake the lead. Senior Drew Schmidt led off with a single up the middle and sprinted around to third on Freking's base hit to center. Junior Ben Thomas brought Schmidt home with his sacrifice fly out and the Musketeers led, 2-1.

With three runs in the eight and two more in the ninth, the Dolphins took control of the game. The Musketeers' threatened with loaded bases in the bottom of the ninth but stellar pitching got LMC out of the jam, striking out the last two XU batters. Le Moyne took the 6-2 victory.

Redshirt sophomore Shane Liska (0-1) took the loss for the Musketeers. He faced three batters in the eighth. Starter freshman Markus Kuykendoll tossed six innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out one while walking two. Redshirt sophomore Josh Murphy, sophomore Josh Deeg and redshirt freshman Alex Vice each put in one inning of work.

Tom McDermott (1-1) took the win for the Dolphins after throwing 2.1 innings. He gave up no runs on one hit and struck out three while walking one.

The Musketeers return to action this weekend as they head to Columbia, Mo., for a three game set at Missouri. First pitch on Friday, March 12 is set for 7 p.m.