Richard Throws Gem to Help Xavier Past Rival Cincinnati
March 20, 2007
CINCINNATI - Freshman Zac Richard went 6.2 innings and only allowed five hits as he combined with Kyle Cowden and David Hartman for the seven-hit shutout over crosstown rival Cincinnati. The Musketeers capitalized on the lone UC error to score their only run and down the Bearcats, 1-0, in non-conference action at Hayden Field. XU improves to 4-17 on the season, while Cincinnati slips to 11-8 overall.
Both teams were held scoreless until the home half of the sixth inning. With two outs, senior Jordan Wolf drew a walk and stole second during the next at-bat to move into scoring position. Sophomore Sean Farrell put a 3-2 pitch in play to shortstop but the UC first baseman could not scoop a low throw as Farrell reached on an error and allowed Wolf to round third and score the lone run of the game on the miscue.
The Bearcats would threaten in the seventh and eighth innings leaving the bases loaded during both frames. Cincinnati would leave a total of 10 runners on base during the game.
Adam Pasono, Neil Lindgren and Matt Waskerwitz were the only Musketeers to record a hit on the day. Pasono finished 1-for-4, Lindgren 1-for-2 and Waskerwitz 1-for-3, while Wolf drew two walks and scored the only run of the contest.
Richard picked up his team-leading third win of the season for XU and is now 3-2 on the season. The rookie struck out thee and allowed only three free passes during his 6.2 innings of work. Cowden threw 1.1 innings of relief and only allowed one hit, while giving up two walks. Hartman came in to close the door and picked up his first save of the season. He allowed one hit in his 1.0 inning of work and struck out one. Hartman has now only allowed one earned run in 8.1 innings pitched this season.
The Musketeers will get back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they head to Oxford to take on Miami. There is a time change from the original schedule as the first pitch will now be at 3:00 pm at McKie Field at Hayden Park. Xavier will have senior Dan Graham on the mound.