Xavier Cruises To 14-0 Victory Over Ohio On Wednesday
March 18, 2014
Xavier (11-6) opened up the scoring early by taking advantage of a throwing error in the first inning by Ohio (4-13), bringing home Eberhardt to take the lead. Forney went home two batters later and Hasenbeck scored on a wild pitch to give XU a three-run lead, 3-0.
Eberhardt came through again in the second inning with a double down the left field line, scoring Stephen Schoettmer from third. The Musketeers tallied one more in the fifth before putting the game away in the sixth with a five-run inning that featured RBI singles by David Morton, Forney and Hasenbeck to extend the lead to 10.
Eberhardt continued his hot streak with two hits, two walks, two RBIs and three runs. The senior infielder extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Hasenbeck went 2-for-5, scoring two runs and driving in two. Forney finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Morton, making his first collegiate start, finished with a run and an RBI at the plate, but made three diving catches in center field to preserve the XU lead.
Eric Stiene (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the victory in his first collegiate start after going six strong innings without surrendering a run. The righty carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a two-out hit to Ty Black. An inning of work by Sean Campbell, Markus Kuykendoll and Jason Hall each closed the game for Xavier.
Gerry Salisbury (0-3) took the loss for Ohio after only pitching one inning and allowing four runs.
The Musketeers travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State Wednesday night. First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. OhioStateBuckeyes.com will provide live statistics and subscription-based video of the game.