Xavier Takes A-10 Opener over Dayton 4-3
March 23, 2007
CINCINNATI - Xavier started its home conference schedule right after a strong seven-inning effort by senior Bill Konecny allowed the Musketeers to get by rival Dayton, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Hayden Field. In both teams Atlantic 10 opener, the game found the rivals combine for seven runs on 20 hits and two homeruns in a rain-filled afternoon. The win pushes XU to 5-18 on the season and 1-0 in conference, while the Flyers drop to 7-11 overall and 0-1 in A-10 play.
The Musketeers got on the board first as freshman Drew Schmidt led off the bottom of the third with a single to center. Matt Waskerwitz moved Schmidt to second with a sacrifice bunt to leave the freshman in scoring position with just one out. Sophomore Adam Pasono took advantage of the runner at second and laced the first pitch of his at-bat into center to allow Schmidt to score the first run of the ball game. Back to back singles by Steve Brown and Jordan Wolf allowed Pasono to circle the bases and push the XU advantage to 2-0 after three complete.
The Flyers would get one back after a one-hit sixth inning. A walk taken by Joe McSoley and a single by the designated hitter Shawn Gizynski put runners at first and second with no outs. Max Navalinski put down a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third with one out before a groundout by the catcher, Scott Dunwoody, allowed McSoley to cross the plate and make it 2-1.
UD would tied the game after the visitor's half of the eighth but the Musketeers answered with two more runs in the bottom half. With two outs in the inning, Adam Lipski got the rally started with a single down the right field line. Junior Robbie Kelley was hit by a pitch to put runners at second and third before giving way to sophomore Neil Lindgren. Lindgren answered by ripping the first pitch of the at-bat off the left field wall to drive in Lipski and Kelley and give XU the 4-2 advantage after eight.
In the top of the ninth, Xavier brought in freshman Zac Richard to close the door and preserve the win. Richard would strikeout the first batter he faced, but UD's Frank Tedesco took a 1-0 pitch to deep left and kept the crowd on edge with the score at 4-3 with one out.
A single by the leadoff hitter, Michael Massa, was followed by a walk to Cole Tyrell to put runners at first and second with one out. The freshman Richard dug deep and got the three-hole hitter Bobby Getty to chase a high 1-2 fastball for his second strikeout of the inning and left the Flyers with one out. The cleanup hitter, McSoley, walked to load the bases for the designated hitter Gizynski. Richard would end the game by getting Gizynski to fly out to right and pick up the first save of his career.
Pasono, Schmidt, Kelley and Lipski each had two hits on the afternoon. Brown, Jordan Wolf, and Lindgren recorded the other hits for the Blue and White with Lindgren leading the way with his two RBIs in the eighth. The Musketeers did not draw a walk on the afternoon, with Lipski recording the only stolen base of the day.
Senior Bill Konecny got the no-decision after throwing 7.0 solid innings and leaving with the 2-1 lead. Konecny allowed just one earned on five hits and struck out two with three walks. Kyle Cowden picked up his first win as a Musketeer as the junior went 1.0 inning and allowed one earned on two hits. Richard came in and closed the door, while earning his first collegiate save. The freshman allowed one run on two hits in his 1.0 innings and struck out two.
This is the second straight season that the Musketeers have won their home A-10 opener. Last season, Mike Creevy went the distance and shutout Rhode Island 1-0 at Hayden Field.
The Musketeers will get back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they host game two of the series against Dayton. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Hayden field with XU's Charlie Leesman (0-2, 6.88 ERA) getting the nod on the hill. Leesman will face UD's Quinn Haselhorst (1-0, 3.34 ERA) in the second game of the series.