No. 10 Louisville Takes Out Xavier, 12-3

Bo Slemons recorded one of Xavier's RBIs against 10th-ranked Louisville.

Bo Slemons recorded one of Xavier's RBIs against 10th-ranked Louisville.

March 30, 2014

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A six-run seventh inning from the 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals helped close out the Xavier Musketeers, 12-3, in Sunday afternoon baseball action.

Louisville (21-6) scored two runs in both the first and third innings to grab a four-run advantage before Xavier (13-13) got on the board. Andre Jernigan's single to left field brought home Derek Hasenbeck to cut the deficit to three, 4-1.

The Cardinals took advantage of a wild pitch from Musketeer starting pitcher Vinny Nittoli to get the run back in their half of the inning. Then, things unraveled for XU in the seventh inning. Ten batters came to the plate for Louisville in the frame and punched out six runs on five hits.

Facing an 11-1 deficit, Xavier had an opportunity to really do some damage in the eighth. The first four Musketeers walked in the inning to plate XU's second run of the game and leave the bases loaded. Bo Slemons drove in the third run with a dribbler that was fielded by the pitcher, who had to hustle to throw out Slemons.

Jernigan was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases, but a Louisville pitching change and grounder to third by Jake Forrester led to an inning-ending double play. The Cards tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth to close the game, 12-3.

Nittoli was tagged with the loss, falling to 3-2 on the season. The redshirt senior allowed five runs, just three earned, on five hits and a pair of walks. Sean Campbell gave up four runs on five hits after working two-plus innings.

Markus Kuykendoll and Jason Hall also pitched for Xavier. Kuykendoll gave up a pair of runs on two hits after entering in the seventh and Hall allowed one run on a hit and walk in the eighth.

Brian Bruening, Jernigan and Slemons registered all three of Xavier's RBIs. Daniel Rizzie, Joe Forney and Hasenbeck scored a run each.

Anthony Kidston was credited with the victory, improving to 2-0 this year. He tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits and three walks. Cole Sturgeon led U of L at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Xavier returns to Cincinnati, where it will host Wright State in a 3 p.m. midweek tilt at Hayden Field.