Brian Bruening collected three hits for the Musketeers in XU's 8-2 win over Georgetown on Saturday.
April 5, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. - For the second-straight game Xavier used a five-run inning to put away Georgetown, 8-2. Holding a one run lead headed into the eighth frame, the Musketeers converted on its opportunities to blow the game open and remain unbeaten through the first two games of the BIG EAST Conference season.
"Scott Klever gave us a great start and kept us in the game," said head coach Scott Googins. "In the seventh, Brad Kirschner came in and made some big-time pitches to get us out of a jam. Then, our offense was finally able to extend the lead in the eighth to put the game away."
Georgetown (12-15, 0-2 BIG EAST) got on the scoreboard first, plating a run on an RBI groundout in the home half of the opening frame. Xavier (15-13, 2-0 BIG EAST) wasted little time answering and took the lead in its next at-bat.
Brian Bruening led off the second frame with a single to right field, and then stole second base. After Andre Jernigan walked, Jake Forrester dropped a sac bunt to advance both runners. A wild pitch allowed Bruening to come home, leveling the score at one. Stephen Schoettmer then brought Jernigan home for XU's second run of the inning.
The Musketeers pushed their advantage to 3-1 on Bruening's RBI single in the third. Derek Hasenbeck, who reached base on a single, scored on the play.
The Hoyas got one of the runs back in the seventh inning. Nick Collins drove in GU's Eric Webber.
Just as they had done the first time the Hoyas scored, the Musketeers responded. This time XU plated five runs on four hits, a walk and hit batter to grab a commanding, 8-2, lead.
Jernigan singled home the first run and Jake Forrester's bunt single plated Vinny Nittoli. Schoettmer drove in another run with an RBI single and Daniel Rizzie brought Schoettmer around to score with a double to left field.
Scott Klever (4-3) had a workman-like effort on the mound to earn the win. He worked 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks.
Brad Kirschner came on in relief and was on fire. The freshman southpaw fanned five Hoyas over the final 2.1 innings. Just two runners reached base, one via single and one with a walk.
Schoettmer, Bruening and Jernigan paced a balanced offensive attack. Schoettmer was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and run scored, while Bruening went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run. Jernigan crossed the plate twice and drove in one run. Joe Forney also connected on his team-leading 12th double of the season.
Xavier also scored five runs in the sixth inning of Friday's contest. With 11 hits in the game, Xavier eclipsed the double-digit hit plateau for the 13th time and improved to 12-1 in those contests.
The series finale is slated for noon on Sunday, when Xavier will go for the sweep. Live video and stats will be available on GUHoyas.com.