Xavier Loses Extra-Inning Game to Georgia State, 7-6

Moore stayed hot at the plate Sunday afternoon.

Moore stayed hot at the plate Sunday afternoon.

March 9, 2014

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ATLANTA - Xavier failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth inning and dropped the third game of the weekend series with Georgia State, 7-6. The Musketeers fell to 7-5 this afternoon. The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-8 on the year.

For the third game in a row, Georgia State scored the first runs of the game. Back-to-back singles by Nic Wilson and Chase Raffield plated a pair of runs to stake a 2-0 lead.

Xavier answered in the top of the second inning when Andre Jernigan sent a shot up the middle to send home Stephen Schoettmer and Bo Slemons and tie the game, 2-2.

In the bottom half of the second, Caden Bailey hit a two-out single through the right side and David Levy scored from second to put the Panthers back ahead, 3-2.

The back-and-forth action continued in the Musketeers' half of the third. A Derek Hasenbeck single and a sacrifice fly by Patrick Jones brought home one run each and gave Xavier its first lead of the game, 4-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, Wilson launched a home run over the left field wall for GSU and the game was tied again, 4-4.

Michael Moore drove home two more runs for the Musketeers in the top of the sixth with a single to score Schoettmer, his second run of the game, and Jones.

GSU scored a run in the seventh and the ninth to tie the game and send it into extra innings, 6-6.

In the bottom of the tenth, Bailey hit a lead-off home run to give the Panthers the victory and avoid the weekend sweep, 7-6.

All but one XU starter had a hit in the contest. Moore finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs to close out his impressive weekend. Jernigan, who registered five RBIs in Saturday's game, went 1-for-4 with another two RBIs and a stolen base. Third baseman Schoettmer recorded two runs, a hit and a walk.

Adam Hall (2-0) started on the mound for XU and pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs in the no decision. Sean Campbell saw his first action of the season and struck out three batters in the one inning he pitched. Daniel Przeniczny (0-2) was tagged for the loss after one-plus innings pitched and allowing two earned runs.

Wilson was the big hitter for Panthers, going 4-for-5 at the plate with one home run and two RBIs. Bailey and Raffield each finished with 3-for-4 efforts.

Kevin Burgee (1-0) was the winning pitcher on the afternoon, pitching for just one out in the top of the tenth.

Xavier has a quick turnaround when they take on Miami (Ohio) in a two-game, home-and-home series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game is slated to start at 6:00 p.m., at Miami (Ohio) and Wednesday's game, Xavier's home opener, is set for 3:00 p.m., at Hayden Field.