Xavier Routs St. Bona, 12-3, In A-10 Opener

Mitch Elliott cracked his first home run of the year in the sixth inning.

Mitch Elliott cracked his first home run of the year in the sixth inning.

March 22, 2013

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CINCINNATI - Xavier (7-11, 1-0 A-10) scored five runs in the first inning and was off to the races in a 12-3 victory against St. Bonaventure (5-9, 0-1 A-10). The game was originally scheduled to be held in Olean, N.Y., but was moved to Cincinnati due to cold weather and snow.

The Musketeers took advantage of the home turf, pounding out 20 hits and scoring 12 runs in the rout. Joe Forney was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored. Mark Elwell also smacked four hits and scored twice, while also making several nice grabs in the outfield.

Mitch Elliott, who entered early in the first inning to play right field scored three runs and drove in a pair of RBIs on his first home run of the season, a line drive shot to left field in the sixth inning. Derek Hasenbeck registered two RBIs and two runs scored on a pair of hits. Designated hitter Vinny Nittoli made the Bonaventure pitchers work, drawing three walks and a double in his only official plate appearance.

Xavier combined for six stolen bases in the game, putting extra pressure on St. Bona's pitching staff. Elwell and Elliott led the way with two steals each, while Daniel Rod and Selby Chidemo added a stolen base of their own.

Jon Richard (3-2) pitched five-solid innings, fanning eight batters and walking four. The Bonnies scored three runs while Richard was on the mound, but none of the runs were earned as they were tallied after the lone error of the game.

Sean Campbell pitched three innings of relief, allowing just two runners to reach base on a hit and a walk. Campbell struck out one Bonnie. Markus Kuykendoll pitched the ninth and had to work out of a bit of trouble after giving up a single and double to the first two batters he faced. Kuykendoll induced consecutive line-outs, the second of which was turned into a double play as the Musketeers doubled-up the runner on second.

Despite being on held on Xavier's Hayden Field, St. Bonaventure was the home team in the contest. The Bonnies were given the last at bat since the game was originally scheduled on their home turf. Eddie Gray (0-3) worked 4.1 innings, allowing nine runs on 12 hits in the loss.

Xavier and St. Bonaventure will wrap up the series on Saturday afternoon with a double header scheduled to begin at noon. Both games will also be held at Xavier's Hayden Field.