Nittoli pitched another spotless game in the Musketeers' game two win.
March 15, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier reached double-digit victories on the season after sweeping a Saturday afternoon doubleheader against Toledo, 1-0 and 7-1. The Musketeers ran their record to 10-6, while the Rockets dropped to 6-10.
Joe Forney had two big games for XU, including scoring the winning run in game one. The Musketeers' first baseman finished the day with four hits, two runs and one RBI.
Game one went to extras after both teams failed to score a run through nine innings. The pitching duel between Sam Shutes (7.0 innings) and Adam Hall (8.1 innings) was back-and-forth with each starter giving up only three hits. The game remained scoreless until the 13th inning when Forney scored from second after Vinny Nittoli shot one up the middle and Xavier walked-off with a 1-0 victory.
Every XU starter reached base at least once in game one. Forney was the only Musketeer to record multiple hits, going 2-for-6.
Brad Kirschner (1-0) earned the win after tossing the final 4.2 innings in relief and not allowing a hit or walk. The losing pitcher was Kyle Slack (0-4), who took the loss after allowing the winning run in the 13th.
The bats came alive for the Musketeers in the second game. In the first inning, Xavier took advantage of two Toledo errors to score Tres Eberhardt and Derek Hasenbeck and take the lead, 2-0. XU rallied in its next inning for three more runs from Michael Moore, Eberhardt and Forney to build its lead to five, 5-0.
Toledo scored its lone run of the game in the fifth when Tyler Grogg singled and brought home Lucas Sokol.
Xavier added on two insurance runs in the sixth and won game two of the doubleheader, 7-1.
The Musketeers' top of the order hitters Eberhardt, Forney and Hasenbeck were the driving force behind XU's offense, totaling six hits (two each), four RBIs and five runs. Bo Slemons chipped in a pair of RBIs and Michael Moore scored twice.
Nittoli (3-0) worked out of a few jams in the early going, but allowed just one unearned run on the day and tallied the win. The redshirt senior dropped his ERA to 0.38 over 24 innings pitched.
Ross Achter (1-1) took the loss after going 1.2 innings and allowing five runs for the Rockets.
The Musketeers are back in action Tuesday afternoon when they host Ohio. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Hayden Field. Live statistics will be provided by GoXavier.com