Klever Puts Leash On Bulldogs, Musketeers Win, 1-0
March 12, 2013
MASON, Ohio - Starting pitcher Scott Klever led the Xavier Musketeers (6-8) to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Bryant Bulldogs (4-7-1) on Tuesday afternoon at Prasco Park. Klever (2-1) was masterful on the mound, limiting Bryant to four hits and four walks on the afternoon while striking out three batters in 7.1 innings of work.
Vinny Nittoli collected the game winning RBI in the fourth inning off of an infield single. With two outs already recorded in the inning, Brian Bruening doubled to left center. Derek Hasenbeck followed with a walk and the fourth ball got away from Bryant's catcher, allowing Bruening to advance to third.
The passed ball proved costly for the Bulldogs, as Nittoli hit a slow dribbler down the third base line. Bryant's third baseman was unable to collect the ball in time to throw out Nittoli, allowing Bruening to score the only run of the game.
Every time Bryant seemed to get something going in its direction, Klever shut the door on the Bulldogs. BU put runners on first and second in the fourth inning with one out, but the righty got a line-out and ground-out to squelch the threat.
In the sixth inning, Bryant put runners at second and third with just one out. This time Klever buckled down and struck out the next Bulldog and then ended the inning with a ground-out.
Alex Vice relieved Klever with one out in the eighth inning and recorded the final five outs to get his second save of the season. Vice faced six batters, giving up one hit and striking out one batter.
Joseph Michaud (0-2) took the loss for Bryant despite not giving up an earned run. Michaud went seven innings for the Bulldogs, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out five Musketeers.
Xavier heads to Louisville, Ky., for a three-game weekend series with No. 4/15 Louisville, beginning with Friday's 3 P.M. start at the Cardinal's Jim Patterson Stadium.