Senior Mark Janszen threw the final three innings and picked up his first save of the season and fourth of his career as XU downed BGSU, 4-1, in the home opener.
March 13, 2007
CINCINNATI - Freshman Zac Richard and senior Mark Janszen combined to throw a seven-hitter and lead host Xavier past Bowling Green, 4-1, in XU's home opener at Hayden Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Musketeers pounded out four runs on nine hits during the game as senior Jordan Wolf extended his current seven-game hitting streak. With the win, Xavier improves to 3-14 on the season, while the Falcons fall to 7-5 overall.
The Falcons lit up the scoreboard first as three straight singles with two outs plated the first run of the ball game and gave the visitors the 1-0 lead.
The Musketeers would respond with a two-run third to take the lead for good. Matt Waskerwitz drilled a one-out single up the middle to get the inning started before classmate Jordan Wolf notched his first hit of the game and extended his seven-game hitting streak in the process. With runners on first and second, a passed ball by the Falcon catcher moved runners to second and third with only one out. Adam Lipski would ground out to second to plate Waskerwitz and a wild pitch would allow Wolf to score for the 2-1 advantage.
Both pitching staffs would focus in and not allow a run for the next three innings before XU put together another two-run eighth inning. Lipski singled with two outs and gave way to pinch hitter, Bobby Freking, who roped a double down the left field line to plate Lipski and push the XU lead to 3-1. Pat Coffey would come in to pinch run for Freking and would later score after Adam Pasono singled up the middle for the Musketeers' final run of the game.
Wolf and Lipski each recorded two hits on the afternoon with Wolf ending 2-for-3 at the plate and Lipski going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Freking had the only extra-base hit of the day with his first career double and also ended with his first career RBI. Pasono would finish 1-for-3 and tally the last RBI for the Blue and White.
The rookie Richard earned his second win of the season and now leads the staff as the only pitcher with two wins. Richard went 6.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits with one strikeout. Janszen picked up his first save of the season, going 3.0 innings and allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. The save was the fourth of his career.
Xavier will have the remainder of the week off before preparing to head to Louisville for a three-game series with the Cardinals. The first game is scheduled for Friday, March 16 with the first pitch slated for 3:00 pm.