Musketeers Downed by Rhode Island
March 25, 2006
CINCINNATI - After taking a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, Xavier could not fend off seven unanswered runs by visiting Rhode Island and fell 7-4 in Atlantic 10 action at Hayden Field on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Musketeers fall to 7-15 on the season and even their conference record at 1-1, while URI improves to 10-5 overall and is also 1-1 in A-10 play.
The Musketeers struck first in the contest as the blue and white plated four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sean Brewer capped the scoring with a bases clearing double down the left field line to score Matt Waskerwitz, Neil Lindgren and Jordan Wolf. Lindgren drove in Adam Lipski to plate XU's first run of the inning before the Brewer double.
Rhode Island would respond to the Xavier rally in the third with runs in four of the last five innings of play. The Rams plated one run in the fifth and seventh innings and exploded for three runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth. URI also held the advantage in hits on the afternoon as the visitors belted out 11 hits compared to XU's six.
Six Musketeers each belted one hit in the game. Brewer delivered the big double in the third and finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs. Lindgren ended the contest 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while drawing a walk. Wolf, Drew Roberts and Robbie Kelley also ended the afternoon 1-for-4. Junior Andy Zellers picked up the final hit for XU on the afternoon and finished 1-for-3, while Lipski drew two walks, tallied a stolen base and scored a run.
Sophomore Michael Lucas threw five strong innings before running into trouble in the sixth before being relieved. Lucas finished with five strikeouts in five innings pitched and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits before exiting. Senior Steve Sakosits came in to provide the relief and picked up his first loss of the season after allowing one run on two hits in his two innings of work.
The teams will close out the three game series tomorrow afternoon at Hayden Field. The first pitch is slated for 12:00 pm with junior Dan Graham (2-1, 5.12 ERA) the possible starter for the blue and white. He will face Rhode Island's James Norcott (1-1, 4.50 ERA).