No. 4/15 Louisville Defeats Xavier, 6-1
March 15, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Xavier dropped the opening game of the series at No. 4/15 Louisville, 6-1, at UofL's James Patterson Stadium on Friday afternoon. Selby Chidemo went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in XU's only run of the game, while starter Jon Richard moved up Xavier's career-pitching charts.
Xavier (6-9) cranked out nine hits, but the hits were spread throughout the game. Louisville (14-2) was able to string together multiple hits in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, scoring two runs in each of those frames. The lone Musketeer run was scored in the fifth, when Stephen Schoettmer singled, Chidemo doubled and Mark Elwell singled.
Richard (2-2) pitched all eight innings for the Musketeers and held a Cardinals squad at bay on the base pads. Louisville entered the game leading the country in stolen bases per game at 4.21, but Richard held UofL without a stolen base for the first time this season. The Versailles, Ohio, native allowed six runs - four earned - on 10 hits. He struck out six Cardinals and issued a free pass to just one.
With 295.0 IP in his career, Richard moved into fifth-place all-time at Xavier. The lefty passed Jeff Barger's 293.0 innings pitched recorded from 1998-2001.
With his hit in the fifth inning, Mark Elwell ran his consecutive-game hit streak to 11 and has now reached base safely in 18-straight games. Brian Bruening joined Chidemo with a pair of hits on the afternoon, singling in the first and eighth innings. Patrick Paligraf and Joe Forney were the other two Musketeers who registered a hit in the game.
Louisville's Chad Green picked up the victory, improving to 3-1 on the season. Green allowed just the one earned run on six hits and a walk. He registered four strikeouts in his seven innings of work. Dace Kime earned his first save of the season, pitching the last two innings in relief. The junior allowed three hits and struck out three batters.
The series will resume at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.