Against the nationally-ranked Hoosiers, Derek Hasenbeck drove in two runs for the Musketeers.
April 3, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier used a four run fifth inning to push No. 17/16 Indiana, but the Hoosiers prevailed with a 9-5 win at Hayden Field on Wednesday afternoon. Patrick Paligraf and Derek Hasenbeck both registered two RBIs for Xavier, which fell to 11-14 on the season. Indiana improved to 23-3.
The Hoosiers tallied a run in each of the first three innings to stake a 3-0 lead. Hasenbeck drove in Mark Elwell in the bottom of the third to put Xavier on the board and cut Indiana's lead to 3-1.
IU used five hits and a hit by pitch to score five runs in the fifth inning off of Xavier starter Scott Klever. However, the Musketeers answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Selby Chidemo started the rally with a single through the left side. After Elwell reached on a fielding error by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Paligraf drilled a double off the top of the left field wall to plate Chidemo and Elwell. Hasenbeck singled to centerfield to score Paligraf and advanced to second base on a fielding error by IU's center fielder. A single by Joe Forney allowed Hasenbeck to score and pulled Xavier within three, 8-5.
Indiana tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, extending its lead to 9-5. Despite putting runners on the pads in each of the final three innings, Xavier was unable to mount a late game charge.
Scott Klever gave up seven earned runs in five innings of work on the mound and fell to 2-3 on the year. Jacob Bodner was charged with one run in 2.2 innings of relief. Alex Vice got the last four outs for XU, surrendering one hit in the process.
Indiana's Christian Morris (1-0) entered in relief in the fourth inning and threw 2.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn the win. Will Coursen-Carr started for IU, allowing one run in his three innings pitched. Xavier registered four hits and two earned runs on Luke Harrison and Scott Effross pitched the final two innings for his third save of the season.
In Xavier's two midweek games at Ohio and against Indiana, Paligraf went 5-for-10 at the plate with three doubles and eight RBIs. Meanwhile, Elwell reached base in both games to extend his streak of contests reaching base to 28.
Xavier will host Dayton in a weekend series at Hayden Field. Friday's 3 p.m. game will be streamed live at GoXavier.com. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, while Sunday's contest will begin at noon.