Vinny Nittoli had five hits, including a pair of doubles, a triple and home run, while driving in five RBIs and scoring four runs against St. Bona on Saturday
March 23, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier picked up its first series sweep of the season with a pair of victories in Saturday's double header with St. Bonaventure at Hayden Field. The Musketeers outscored the Bonnies 26-2 on the afternoon, winning game one, 11-2, and game two, 15-0. Xavier improves to 9-11 and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10, while St. Bonaventure falls to 5-11, 0-3 A-10.
The Musketeers had some extra pop in their bats this weekend, hitting four home runs in the two days. Prior to this weekend's contests, XU had only three round-trippers all season. The team combined to hit .442 with 36 RBIs.
The XU pitching staff was lights out against SBU, allowing just two earned runs in 27 innings. Xavier pitchers combined for 23 strikeouts, while only walking nine.
Despite playing on Xavier's Hayden Field, St. Bonaventure served as the home team this weekend. The series was originally scheduled to be held at the Bonnies' home field in Olean, N.Y., but snow forced the series to be moved to XU.
Xavier will play a midweek game at Miami (Ohio) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, before making the trip to St. Louis for another A-10 series at Saint Louis. The Musketeers and the Billikens will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.
Game 1: Xavier 11 St. Bonaventure 2
In the first game of the double header, Xavier tallied 11 runs on 16 hits in an 11-2 win over St. Bonaventure. Designated hitter Vinny Nittoli paced the offense with a 4-for-4 showing at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring three times.
Joe Forney continued his hot hitting as well, driving in two runs on a pair of hits. The left fielder also scored a run. Third baseman Stephen Schoettmer was the third Musketeer to drive in multiple runs, registering two RBIs.
Xavier collected six extra-base hits in the game, four double and a pair of homers. Nittoli and Patrick Paligraf each had home runs and doubles, while Forney and Derek Hasenbeck collected the other doubles.
Alex Westrick worked six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and walk. The lefty picked up his second win of the season and improved to 2-3. Nittoli worked two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with a strikeout and Daniel Przeniczny closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Game 2: Xavier 15, St. Bonaventure 0
Xavier had both aspects of the game hitting on all cylinders in the second game. Tyler Koors, Jacob Bodner and Alex Vice combined to pitch a three-hitter, while the batters rang up 15 runs on 21 hits.
Koors pitched masterfully. Throughout the middle innings, the right-hander retired 15 -straight batters and at one-point struck out four-consecutive Bonnies. Koors finished the game allowing just two hits in seven innings and striking out eight batters.
Bodner pitched an eventful eighth inning. He walked three batters, but followed each walk with a strikeout to end St. Bona's biggest threat to score. Alex Vice faced four batters in the ninth inning. Vice surrendered a double, but closed the door on Bona.
At the plate, Xavier hitters continued their torrid pace. Selby Chidemo knocked a towering home run in a three-hit, three-RBI effort. XU's second baseman also scored twice in the game. Paligraf matched Chidemo's three RBIs in a two-hit performance.
Xavier matched its first game total with six extra-base hits, running its three-game total to 15. In addition to Chidemo's homer, Nittoli tripled and doubled and Hasenbeck, Seth Dawes and Michael Moore also hit doubles.