The Musketeers Hold On To Win A Nail-Biter Against Miami (Ohio), 6-5
March 11, 2014
OXFORD, OHIO - Xavier found itself in another one-run decision Tuesday night, this time pulling out the victory against Miami (Ohio), 6-5. With the victory, the Musketeers improved to 8-5 overall and the Redhawks drop to 4-9 overall.
Miami struck first with a one-run bomb from Scott Slappey in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead, 1-0.
XU took the lead in the next inning with a Joe Forney double down the left field line, scoring Daniel Rizzie from first. After advancing to third on an error in left field, Forney scored on the next at-bat when Clay Cinnamon threw a wild pitch. The Musketeers added one more run in the third when Stephen Schoettmer sent a single up the middle to score Vinny Nittoli and give XU a three-run lead, 4-1.
Eberhardt drove in Brian Bruening with a one-out single up the middle in the fifth and later scored on a Jernigan single to build the Musketeer lead to five, 6-1.
Miami did not go down without a fight. Late in the eighth inning, MU took advantage of a Musketeer one-out error and Ryan Elble came home off the mistake to cut the lead to four, 6-2. With the bases loaded, Gary Russo singled through the left side to score two more runs.
Miami tallied one more run in the ninth to cut the Xavier lead down to one, but the Musketeers held on to win in Oxford, 6-5.
Jernigan, College Sports Madness National Player of the Week, continued to be clutch at the plate for XU. The redshirt freshman went 2-for-4 on the night with two RBIs to add to his team-high 13 RBIs on the year. Eberhardt was a force on the base path, finishing with three stolen bases and going 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. Schoettmer finished 1-for-3 at the plate with one walk, one stolen base and one RBI.
Trent Astle (1-0) earned the victory with a strong 6.2 inning performance. The freshman pitcher held Miami to just three hits and gave up one run. Brad Kirschner closed it out for the Musketeers, pitching 0.2 innings and striking out one to earn the save.
The Redhawks saw multi-hit performances by Elble and Russo, each going 2-for-4. Slappey had the lone homer in the game and finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Cinnamon gets the losing decision after only 2.1 innings and allowing three runs.
These two teams meet again Wednesday afternoon at Hayden Field for the second half of this home-and-home series and Xavier's 2014 home opener. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m., and live statistics will be provided by GoXavier.com.